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Juud
14th May 2014, 18:44
As a young Dutch soldier, Joop fought the Japanese during WWII.
Ending up in a Burmese internment camp.
Over the next 60 years or so, he never talked talked much about the camp.
But he never stopped expressing his gratitude to the Americans for liberating himself and his few remaining buddies.

Repatriated, he picked up his passion for riding motorbikes. Bought his last Harley age 84, and rode it with his fellow war vets whenever he could.

For his funeral he was adamant about two things.
He wanted an American flag on his coffin. And the American national anthem was to be played during the ceremony.

His family did as he wished, and his buddies transported his coffin on a side car.

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Reading these pages year after year, you could get the impression that there is little love between the citizens of the USA and Europe.

At Joopīs funeral, there was massive, moving evidence of the opposite.

con-pilot
14th May 2014, 19:17
It is always a sad day when a member of the Greatest Generation passes, no matter the country they fought for and was prepared to give their lives for.

Mr. Joop's life should be admired by all and his respect for the United States’ Army rescuing him from the POW camp humbles me.

God bless you Sir and have a good passage.



Thank you Juud for posting this.

glad rag
14th May 2014, 19:30
Seconded.

There are times when political policies and those that make them lead to division.

But as a "people" we are joined in history and adversity.


Thanks for posting that Judd,

The Greatest Generation. yes con, yes indeed.

gr.

con-pilot
14th May 2014, 19:32
The Greatest Generation yes con, yes indeed.


Quite right, I'll correct that on my post, thank you.

Juud
15th May 2014, 11:24
Con, glad rag, my pleasure.

Worldīs full of controversy and nastiness; sometimes itīs good to remember that humankind is not all rotten.

And that gratitude is an enduring emotion.

rgbrock1
15th May 2014, 13:07
Eulogy for a Veteran

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the Gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.