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The Silence April 3, 2014

Posted by Retired Geezer in Heroes, History, Honor.
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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 1944-5. Everyone 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, 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.

In 2008 the soloist was a 13 year old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed
by Andre 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.

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1. Retired Geezer - April 3, 2014

Made Mrs. Geezer cry.

2. Jimbro - April 3, 2014

Beautiful piece.

3. Sobek - April 4, 2014

Made Mr. Sobek cry, too. Not the music, although that was very pretty. What got me was this:

“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, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted.”

Wow. That is so wonderful. Makes the beautiful music even better.

4. skinbad - April 4, 2014

She has a beautiful tone. Great story.

5. Retired Geezer - April 4, 2014

Yeah, the gratitude that those people have toward us is amazing.

We’re just pissing it away.


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