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Posted on Dec 11, 2020
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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I had a buddy who was haunted that he lost soldiers and asked me what I could to help him. I told him I never thought of this endeavor and to let me sleep on it, and I would answer tomorrow. The following day I told him to hold a private, small, intimate, somber ceremony for them. To ask their maker to accept them into a better place. He went to the cemetery with their tags and spoke to each of them. He looked up and asked their maker to accept them. This tremendously reduced his burden. Another veteran asked me for the same help and gave him the same advice. He was able to release his guilt and sadness as well. He wrote letters to them.

We have 3,000 soldiers buried in a Netherlands cemetery. Their sacrifices have been institutionalized. It is part of the country's DNA now and is a national event to recognize our soldiers who died trying to liberate the Netherlands. Every single grave has been adopted by a Dutch family for flowers and ceremonies. They are now sons of the US and the Netherlands. There is a long waiting list to adopt the graves. For this I have immense gratitude for the Dutch because they love our boys. Much deeper than my words.
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Ester Sikkenga - Thank you very much for adopting graves and our boys. I have an immense amount of gratitude for your kindness. I feel infinitely better knowing they are loved. They came from farms, villages, towns, and cities. Now they rest in the Netherlands. I have read of chance encounters with adoptive families and families of the deceased. I really don't know if there is a program to try to make the aforementioned possible.
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SSG H.R. Cogar
SSG H.R. Cogar
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Ester Sikkenga - May God bless you for your kindness.
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PO2 Juli Micken
PO2 Juli Micken
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Those are some wise words. I still think of the sailors I served with and wonder how they are doing. Some I am still in contact with. But the ones who passed while I was serving, this is a great idea, for I have no idea where they are buried. Thank you for this will help many.
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PO2 Juli Micken - I am humbled by your kind words.
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I went to Arlington Cemetery two years ago for Christmas 2018. A site I will never forget.
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SGM Chief Executive Officer (Ceo)
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SPC Brian Olsen - If you were at Arlington National Cemetery you didn't see any crosses - only headstones, like in the photo at the top of this page. Arlington doesn't allow crosses, except in the old section.
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SGT Lorenzo Nieto
SGT Lorenzo Nieto
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I truly wish I could go and pay respect to my fallen brothers but I just can’t I know three guys I grew up with that are there from Vietnam as well as guys I served with in Vietnam I wish I could bring myself to be able to go there I am glad you folks can,hell I freaked when my brother tried to get to go see the Vietnam wall, for nowI’ll just remember how brave these men truly are, because they are the true heroes of this country. Enough said.
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SPC Robin Price-Dirks
SPC Robin Price-Dirks
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I was 11 when my father died (he and my mom divorced when I was a baby) and I have no idea where he was buried. He was a member of the National guard in Atlanta, Georgia and died sometime in November 1970 or 1971. I am his only child and have never had any contact with anyone from his family.
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1LT Mike Schelp
1LT Mike Schelp
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SPC Robin Price-Dirks - check this website. It might help. Good luck, and know that his service is appreciated. https://www.findagrave.com/
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PO1 H Gene Lawrence
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This is all great information. I was unaware of most of this. Thank you so much for providing it.
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