Detour to Kastrup Kirke

Trip Start Mar 21, 2012
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Trip End Apr 19, 2012


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Today is Queen Margarethe's 72nd birthday. All public buildings as well as local busses are flying the flag (quite hard to get a photo of a bus from the right angle while driving...).

I had an errand in Vordingborg and decided to go via Kastrup Kirke because I remembered some Allied Soldiers were buried there. I was wrong! I found the graves of 98 German soldiers and 15 refugees buried in an area outside the cemetery walls. Each stone has some four names on it. I have been unable to find out any details of this to date but have heard a suggestion that the people buried refugees, who had lived in disused railway wagons, sick and not cared for. I don't know but would like to find out. The site is well-maintained with pavers and shrubs and a large bronze cross and plague at the end.

My mother's brother Verner is buried here at Kastrup. I visited his grave in 2002. He was married to Sonja, who is a fun and spunky person. They had no children.

Kastrup is a very small village with new and old houses. I saw several Dannebrog flags (the name of the Danish flag) fly there. Did someone have a birthday or was it for the Queen? Probably the former. Dannebrog is the world's oldest national flag and several anecdotes about its history are told here.

In Kastrup, as everywhere, people had their firewood all sorted for next winter. Tidily stacked as always.
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