Publisher’s note: Just like most soldiers in most wars, they were just kids; kids that left families, buddies, girlfriends and dreams, and went off to war to protect what they loved. Too many of them paid the ultimate price, didn’t come back, and were buried where they fell.
Now, many years later and still far from home, they have never been forgotten. The graves of 5,000 American Soldiers at Epinal American Military Cemetery in France have been adopted by a group of people from France and America. Those graves are being lovingly honored and tended to via a combined effort between lots of people on both sides of ‘the pond.’
Fox News: A group of volunteers on both sides of the Atlantic has found a way to bring back to life dozens of Wisconsin men who died fighting Nazis in World War II.
Some 5,000 Americans are buried in Epinal American Military Cemetery in France’s northeastern town of Dinozé. Their names might have been lost to history if not for dozens of volunteers, who call themselves "godfathers," and have adopted the gravesites of the U.S. soldiers, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
But placing wreaths and flowers and tending to the crosses that mark each grave was not enough for one so-called godfather, who last year reached out to a University of Wisconsin history professor to try to learn more about a soldier named Robert Kellett.
UW-Madison Prof. Mary Louise Roberts thought the request could be a good project for her students, so she brought it to class and gauged interest.Add a comment