Sunday, November 12, 2006

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Today my husband and I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Dürnbach War Cemetery, here in Bayern (Bavaria), one of the Commonwealth War Grave Sites. Remembrance Day was yesterday, but the local remembrance ceremonies were held today, a Sunday.

My husband (a Canadian army Major) was there, along with a Canadian air force Colonel, a Canadian Warrant Officer, many British officers and soldiers, several German military personnel, and a handful of military personnel from other NATO countries.

It was a very moving ceremony, with readings in both German and English. About 20 wreaths were laid. As was typical for Remembrance Day, the weather was dreary. It was cold and windy, with rain and hail. It was very easy to endure the wet and cold, however, when one thought of the sacrifice all those buried in the cemetery had made for our freedom. Enduring a bit of discomfort was the least we could do to honour their sacrifice and their memory.

The great majority of the men buried at Dürnbach are were members of the Royal Air Force, or the Royal Canadian Air Force, shot down over Bavaria, Wurtemberg, Austria, Hessen and Thuringia.

It was too cold, windy, and wet to take any pictures, but photos of the cemetery can be found here or here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have a listen to the Remembrance podcast on iTunes or on the Royal British Legion blog. It's a good way to remember.