Honoring Those That Died For Freedom

Brittany American Cemetery in France

Brittany American Cemetery in France

On Memorial Day Weekend here in the United States we remember those that served and died for freedom. A few years back while in France, I went to the Brittany American Cemetery to honor my uncle, John Doran, by visiting his grave. It is very sobering to see the rows and rows of simple white grave markers of these heroes. Although I felt a great sadness, the cemetery was also a peaceful place. Many of the local French residents sponsor a grave and come to pay their respects. There are over 218,000 individuals buried or memorialized at American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) cemeteries. If you go to their website there is a link to search for ABMC burials. http://www.abmc.gov/about-us

Private First Class John J. Doran, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, Co. K. John landed on D-day, was wonded on June 9, and returned to duty to engage in the assaults upon St. Lo and Brest. He was killed in Brest, August 30, 1944.

Private First Class John J. Doran, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, Co. K. He landed on D-day, was wounded on June 9, and returned to duty to engage in the assaults upon St. Lo and Brest. He was killed in Brest, France on August 30, 1944.

After visiting the Brittany American Cemetery, I found out that my late aunt’s first husband, Paul Mitak, was also buried there. Here’s a photo of his cousin Paul paying his respects at the grave. As you can see, the residents of France remember the old meaning of Memorial Day – Decoration Day.

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September 26, 1944 - Front page of the Whitehouse Review, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

September 26, 1944 – Front page of the Whitehouse Review, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

This weekend is a reminder to me to honor those brave men and women that died while serving our country, and also to pray for peace. If you see a veteran holding a donation can while handing out poppies, please remember to make a donation and take a poppy. I was glad to pin a poppy to my purse at my local hardware store today. My thoughts and prayers are with all those that have lost a loved one to war.

Brittany American Cemetery - Honoring John J. Doran

Brittany American Cemetery – Honoring John J. Doran

Copyright 2015 by Maryann Barnes and Genealogy Sisters.

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About Maryann Barnes

I live in Virginia and enjoy meandering walks back into the past. I also enjoy old photographs and sharing family research.
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