This website is dedicated to the fallen liberators of WWII.
Since a long timeI have certain sentiments with the history of WWII. My family experienced
this war, so there has always been some interest in WWII History. These sentiments
have grown stronger when I grew up and realized how important it is to keep the memory
alive of all those brave men who fought and died for our freedom.
My grandmother lived in Rotterdam, as a child she witnessed the heavy bombardment
on Rotterdam. Her husband, my grandfather, was forced to work in German factories.
She also had a brother who fought in the Dutch Army until Holland surrendered to
the Germans. He escaped to Spain, was put in jail there but managed to escape again
and made it to England where he became a soldier of the famous Prinses Irene Brigade.
He landed in Normandy in August 1944 and fought against the Germans in France, Belgium
and Holland. During the winter of 1944-1945, known by the Dutch as the famous ‘Hunger
Winter’, my grandmother had to walk to Overijssel to find food to survive. She ended
up eating flower bulbs....
In 2005 I had the opportunity to meet British, American, and Canadian veterans from
WWII. I was also honored for meeting some liberators of my hometown ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
After all these experiences, I wanted to do something in return. I found out about
the adoption program at the US cemeteries here in Europe. I decided to adopt 25 graves
of US soldiers who fought and died for our freedom.
I have adopted 5 graves at the U.S. cemetery and memorial Margraten (NL), 10 graves
at the U.S. cemetery and memorial Ardennes (BE) and 10 graves at the U.S. cemetery
and memorial Henri-Chapelle (BE).
On this website you learn about the men who gave to ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
They should never be forgotten, you can see the Faces Beyond their Graves.