Every May 4th at 20.00 PM 2 minutes of silence is observed in the Netherlands to remember those who died in WWII and other military conflicts.
In today’s blog I will remember those who died in the province of Limburg in the South East of the Netherlands and its surrounding areas.Those who fought and died for my liberty and those who became victims of the Holocaust.
Rather then naming all the thousands of soldiers and victims I will Just post a poem followed by some of the names picked randomly ,and a brief description of who they were. Nothing fancy, no bells and whistles just a simple dignified remembrance.
The Fallen Hero
Thank you soldier for setting my country free.
You did not want to die but yet you gave your life.
It was for strangers you sacrificed yourself, who weren’t even family.
Your ambitions were cut short never again did you see your wife.
Thank you, young man to liberate my land.
Your youth stolen from you by a violent act of hate.
A picture of a young girl you held in your hand
The blood drenched battlefield sealed both your fate
Thank you proud parents for sending us your son.
The pain you feel is something I will never be able to comprehend
But know this your child did not die in vain, his memory will go on
Even if everyone else forgets, I will remember until my end.
Buried in the War Cemetery in Sittard
WO Edward Victor AddisNote: 2734194. Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.), Welsh Guards, 1st Bn. Age 26. Son of John William and Martha Addis; husband of Selina Addis of Kenley, Surrey. L. 9.
Sgt Patrick Ahern Note: EX/1251. Royal Marines, No. 45 R.M. Commando. Age 31. Son of John Ahern and of Margaret Ahern (nee Fitzgerald); husband of Margaret Ahern, of Burley, Hampshire. D. 8.
Pvt Wilfred Bell.Note: 4538024. Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment), 6th Bn. D. 20
Guardsman Kenneth Jack Edwards:Welsh Guardsman
Private David D Hendry: Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Corporal James J McKENZIE: Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
Private Kenneth Annan: Note: 1105515. Gunner, Royal Artillery, 107 (The South Notts. Hussars) Medium Regt. Age 33. Husband of Annie K. Annan of Rothesay, Bute. L. 14
Buried in War Cemetery Margraten
Private Howard Byron Wilkison: Service number:6918369,Hometown ,Gibson County,Indiana
Private 1st Class Charles ZAKRZEWSKI: Service number:13125052 ,Hometown Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Private Abram Roy Cohen: Service number:42112987 Hometown Bergen County, New Jersey
Private Sylvan van Aalten(born in Belgium): Service number 42070964 Hometown Queens County, New York
Private 1st Class Antonio Vasquez:Service number 38247207 Hometown Victoria County, Texas
Leonard M Weinstein: Service number 32996631 Hometown Bronx County, New York
The Jewish holocaust victims of Geleen.
You are not different than me.
You eat the same food.
You read the same books.
But yet you are not free.
You are not free because of someone’s idea of you.
You are given a yellow star
You are catalogued and numbered like cattle.
But yet you’re not an animal but a human too.
You are being killed in the vilest of ways.
You are a man, a woman, a child, a parent.
You are erased as if you were never here.
But yet you are remembered on many days.
You are not different to me but you are also not the same.
You are merely a number and a name on a list.
You are not listened to for you have no voice
But I pledge I will shout for you in loud acclaim.
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