Americans in Word War II – Memorial Music

Play this —> ‘Il Silenzio’ – Melissa Venema (13 yo).

13-year  old, Melissa Venema plays “Il Silenzio” (The Silence)

God  Bless America ! One Nation Under God, Indivisible with Liberty  and 

Justice for ALL! 


About  six miles from Maastricht , in the Netherlands , lie buried 8,301  American  soldiers who died in “Operation Market Garden” in the battles  to  liberate Holland in the fall and winter of 1944.


Every  one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the  Canadian  and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family  who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of  the  soldier they have adopted. It is even the custom to keep a portrait  of  “their” American soldier in a place of honor in their  home.    

Annually,  on “Liberation Day,” memorial services are held for “the men who  died to liberate Holland .” The day concludes with a concert. The  final  piece is always “Il Silenzio,” a memorial piece commissioned by  the  Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of Holland ‘s  liberation.  It has been the concluding piece of the memorial concert ever  since. 

This  year the soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema,  backed  by André Rieu and his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands).  This beautiful concert piece is based upon the original 

version  of taps and was composed by Italian composer Nino Rossi.

After  you watch the above web site, check this list. 

in alphabetical order 

1. The  American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne , France … A total of 2289  

2. The  American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium …  total of  5329

3. The  American Cemetery at Brittany, France … A total of 4410

4.  Brookwood , England – American Cemetery … A total of 468 

5.  Cambridge , England … A total of 3812 

6.  Epinal , France – American Cemetery … A total of 5525 

7.  Flanders Field , Belgium … A total of 368 

8.  Florence , Italy … A total of 4402 

9.  Henri-Chapelle , Belgium … A total of 7992 

10.  Lorraine , France … A total of 10,489 

11.  Luxembourg , Luxembourg … A total of 5076 

12.  Meuse-Argonne… A total of 14246 

13.  Netherlands , Netherlands … A total of 8301 

14.  Normandy , France … A total of 9387 

15.  Oise-Aisne , France … A total of 6012 

16.  Rhone , France … A total of 861 

17.  Sicily , Italy … A total of 7861 

18.  Somme , France … A total of 1844 

19.  St. Mihiel , France … A total of 4153 

20.  Suresnes , France … A total of 1541  

The  count from this list is 104,366 dead, brave Americans buried in Europe but not forgotten. 

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