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The 75th Anniversary is almost here, and Saving Private Ryan is returning to the big screen to commemorate this very important event. One of the most memorable movies I have ever seen, and as my children grew I made sure they saw the movie as well. We'll go see this again, and this time on the big screen. The movie is returning this June 2nd through the 5th to theaters, see quote below and "Read More" to find out where it may be showing in your area.
This is a very moving tribute to the incredible men who defended a little town in Holland, and the locals who pay tribute in a very special way, to this very day. The concert in the video is part of that annual tribute. Patriot Woodworker @Artie sent this to me, and we thought it would be wonderful to share here. Thank you Artie, this is absolutely one of the most beautiful events honoring our fallen, that have ever seen, and I had no idea that the locals who lived in that area of Holland even did this every year. Please see the text contained in an email that Artie himself received from a friend, below. Tribute to Operation Market Garden A grateful Country that remembers our servicemen better than we do. This may be a revisit for some of you but it is so beautiful it could be a must see again. Please read before viewing the video, full screen It is really sad that the Dutch remember what Americans did for them, but Americans can't be bothered to even teach their school children that it even happened! "Il Silenzio" - Beautiful and very moving Please Read Before Viewing Video The Silence About six miles from Maastrich. 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. 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. Beautiful and moving. Links of Interest https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Market_Garden National Army Museum Operation Market Garden The Netherlands Story Line Operation Market Garden Image of Interest Loading paratroopers of the 1st Allied Air Force into C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft before the start of Operation Market Garden. Location: United Kingdom Date: September 1944 Source: http://albumwar2.com/loading-paratroopers-on-a-c-47-skytrain-before-the-start-of-operation-market-garden/