Bolstered by the words of President Bush in his address at the US Margraten WW2 Cemetery at May 8, 2005 to commemorate Victory Europe + 60 Years, I would be very pleased is someone could get me a (digital) picture of a memorial sign at the New Hope Cemetery, near Groesbeck:
SLAUGHTER, Chester C., Captain Feb 12, 1919 Mar 21, 1945 "In memory of Capt. Chester C. Slaughter. Co B. 115th Inf 29th Dic. Buried in Margraten, Holland"
These are the President's words:
In the Voice of America's radio broadcast from London on the first V-E Day, the announcer asked Europe to "think of these Americans as your dead, too." In Dutch hearts, they already were. The Americans saw the Dutch spirit in action within weeks of liberation, when this new cemetery marked its first Memorial Day. It was still a time of hardship and want and depravation; yet Dutch citizens from 60 local villages collected 20 truckloads of flowers so that every American grave here would be decorated when the sun came up on Memorial Day.
And in the six decades since, the Dutch have continued this wonderful tradition by adopting and attending to the graves of the people they never met. Your kindness has brought comfort to thousands of American families separated from their loved ones here by an ocean. And on behalf of a grateful America, I thank you for treating our men and women as your sons and daughters.
I have adopted the grave of this US soldier. Please check posting 383 in this forum. Though I did not find relatives (his brother reportedly lives in Aztec, NM, however he did not respond to my letter)it got me involved in the Veterans Association for the 29th Division.
http://community.webshots.com/user/margratencemetery , album memorial day #1, you can see a picture of the grave of Chest Slaughter.
And any additional information is of course welcome.
best regards, joost claassens, the netherlands
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