reading, the netherlands

America’s Memorial Day, Celebrated by Dutch

I came across this article first thing this morning, which means I accidentally made myself cry a little bit before I even brushed my teeth today. Oops, but… what a nice read and what great people.

They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery…to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they never knew, but whose 8,300 headstones the people of the Netherlands have adopted as their own.

Seventy years later and they’re still tending to the graves of American soldiers who helped The Netherlands gain their freedom from Nazi Germany. Many families have passed down the responsibility through generations.

Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten. (The Washington Post)