May we never forget

Margraten War Cemetery
Margraten War Cemetery

This week 69 years ago the Second World War ended. With a school camp we spent some time at the only US war cemetery in the Netherlands: Margraten War Cemetery. The pupils were clearly impressed by the sheer endless lines of white crosses. Just before we left I asked them if they could imagine themselves in a few years time to go to a completely unknown country to fight a war that isn’t theirs… Because that is exactly what these guys did. Like George Dail. He was 25 when he landed in Normandy, France, fought in Rhineland and the Ardennes and was killed on February 26 1945, just a few months before the end of a war that wasn’t his in the first place.  Nowadays we comment on the USA for interfering with foreign wars, but I think the UK and Russia would have had a hard time beating the Nazi’s without the help of the USA…

Big respect for all the young guys who fought and gave their lives for our freedom, may we never forget!

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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