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The Echoes of War

Pictured above are crosses with photos of serviceman placed next to the appropriate name during the "Faces of Margraten" program.  Over 5,800 photos have been found for servicemen either buried or memorialized on the Walls of the Missing in The Netherlands. (Photos courtesy of Anthony Glavan)

 

Bruce Anderson's grave in Margraten. Anderson grew up on a farm near the tiny community of Santiago, 12 miles west of Princeton.

 

Louis J. Glavan posing with a captured Nazi flag around June of 1944.  This was taken a few weeks after Louis Glavan went ashore on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

 

Some of the 8,301 crosses at the cemetery.  Rhododendrons bushes were planted years ago and bloom each year for Memorial Day. The Dutch locals gather during their Dutch Memorial Day to ensure that each grave receives an American flag and a Dutch flag during the ceremomy, as well.

 

This was taken in 2003, after Anthony's second trip to Margraten.  He received permission to climb to the top of the bell tower and waited until the riding lawn mower was right next to Louis' grave, and then snapped the photo. In Margraten, all the graves are symmetrically lined up, as shown. This was taken just days after the Dutch Memorial Day ceremony.

 

This is but one of the Walls of the Missing with the engraved names.  There is another Wall of the Missing on the opposite side of the reflecting pool. 

 

The reflecting pool, peace statue, and bell tower at the WWII American Military Cemetery at Margraten, The Netherlands.

 


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