Trip Start Nov 02, 2010
14Trip End Jan 15, 2011
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Luxembourg, even though it's incredibly tiny, is blessed with an (almost) impenetrable location
As we were driving the short trip back to Landstuhl, we stumbled across Luxembourg's American Cemetery. There are over 5,000 Americans buried here that gave their lives during the fight to liberate Luxembourg and the Battle of Ardennes. We were all very glad that we stopped to spend some time here. It is interesting and sobering and so important to see. I can't help but notice that most of these men died between November and January of 1944-1945. That's the exact same time of year that we are here. It is incredibly cold and wet - sometimes snow, sometimes rain - always something falling from the sky, it seems. We have down jackets and long underwear and sleep inside with heaters. These men didn't have any of those things and they spent their Thanksgiving and Christmas here fighting for this tiny little country (and obviously bigger reasons, in the long run). Needless to say, Luxembourg takes very good care of this place and is very thankful for their sacrifice.