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Published: June 20th 2014
This was an amazing and informational trip this morning. Not to hard to get to luckily either. The cemetary had all kinds of information and I worked with them at the desk a little bit collecting information about great uncle James Becvar. It was funny because in Belgium, they speak French and German (French in the section I was) so I had to communicate in mostly German, but at the cemetary they had an American working it. He sent me home with some stuff as well. He was even nice enough to tell me that James died in the battle of Huertgen forest, a 3 month campain! He sent me with more information and I was excited to find out you can have them put a wreath out for him whenever you would like. It turns out you can also request more information on soldiers as well and he provided me with a long list of people to contact.
I put three yellow roses on his grave; one for grandma, one for dad, and one for his parents. The cemetary is very well kept and breath taking. Henri-Chapelle is the highest evelated area in that part of Belguim, you can
see beautiful country pastures and fields rolling across the landscape. I look forward to sharing more of this information upon my return!
Something cool the cemetary had put together was a self tour, some of which included a grave from one of the soldiers from Band of Brothers and there are 38 brothers buried there, more than any other cemetary in Europe. The also had some 130+ soldiers that were MIA on pillars, if found they had a star next to them.
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