I was just thinking about how I’m not very consistent toward writing about my travels, nor life experiences. I began highlighting a short stay in Germany recently and then life’s events slowed my momentum. This sort of becomes a burden, knowing that I need to write but tend to other duties instead. I will get better at it though.
Regardless, I began reflecting on a previous trip a few years ago when I was in Germany and took a trip to Luxembourg.
I knew of American national cemeteries in various places around the world where U.S. troops fought and died but I had never visited one until Luxembourg. I just had to pause to observe the rows of grave markers so neatly aligned, which is befitting for those serving in the military where practically every step and action is taught with discipline and order.
I practically forgot some of the details concerning the cemetery and researched the Internet, finding a good write-up from American Battle Monuments Commission. http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/luxembourg-american-cemetery#.V0ujkZErLIV
The photos on the website triggered thoughts of my visit. As I walked around the cemetery my mind focused on the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, particularly serving in a far-away land. I was touched by the appreciation expressed by those who experienced the relief and yes, I believe salvation, by the call of duty from American and Allied Forces.
These service members dedicated their lives to the mission for which they were called.
Words can never express the depth of thanks of a grateful nation toward its liberators but I felt the sense of true gratefulness at Luxembourg.
Be it known to the families of those buried here and around the world that the sacrifices are not in vain.
May we learn the way of peace so that these great numbers of sacrifices are never experienced again. But we must all do our part to make it a reality.