Back in May, around Memorial Day, I posted about a distant relative who died in WWII. Capt Jerry Roy McDonald’s fighter was downed near Munich, Germany on 28 Feb 1945. He was only 21 years old.
At that time, I wrote to the American Battle Monuments Commission and requested a photograph of his headstone in Lorraine American Cemetery in St Avold (Moselle), France.
That photograph arrived today…and it is simply wonderful! I have tears in my eyes as I type this!
A 16″ X 20″ color lithograph of the cemetery, with the Memorial in the center surrounded with the bleached white headstones of many of its 10,489 heroes is accompanied by a very interesting booklet containing a history of the cemetery, a discussion of the battles that went on in the area and more photographs.
(The lithograph as much better than my photograph, believe me! It is too large for my scanner and photography isn’t one of my talents! :) )
At the top right corner of the lithograph is affixed a 3″ x 5″ black and white photograph of Capt Jerry R McDonald’s headstone:
Thank you, my dear Jerry, for helping to maintain the freedoms that we enjoy today. You are not forgotten.