Monday, May 28, 2012
Flanders Field American Cemetery, Belgium
On a chilly, rainy day in April, I walked along the rows of stark white marble crosses at the Flanders Field American Cemetery in Belgium. The cemetery is one of 24 kept by the American Battle Monuments Commission.
The 368 men buried there were killed between October 30 and November 11, 1918. Just as the Armistice was signed.
They were only a fraction of the 9 million lost.
The card on the wreath said simply, "From an American who remembers." As I wrote on my Spokesman-Review Home Planet blog, the words touched me. That's something each of us should say more often than once a year.