Unlike his elder brother, Jasper never came home. He was killed at the Battle of the Bulge and originally buried near there. After the war, the family decided that it would be more appropriate for his remains to be repatriated -- not to America, but to Grandma's hometown of Loosdrecht. In a somber ceremony attended by local dignitaries, members of both Grandma and Grandpa's extended families, and other villagers, Jasper was laid to rest in the Loosdrecht-Rading Cemetery. Mom carefully preserved the photos, along with Jasper's Purple Heart. I thought it appropriate to post the photos today, which is Veterans Day in the United States.
|Led by the Dutch Commandant, the cortege enters the cemetery|
|The cortege approaches the grave site|
|The Dutch Officer Speaks|
|The Dominie (Pastor) reads from the Bible|
|Jasper's cousins, aunts, and uncles gathered around the grave site|
|An official lays flowers at the grave|
|An official of the Dutch War Cemetery Committee lays a wreath|
|A salute by the Dutch Navy honor guard|
|The casket is lowered into the grave|
|Jasper's uncle (also named Jasper) thanks the attendees for coming|
During my trip to the Netherlands last year, I made a point to visit Jasper's grave site -- the uncle I never knew. Read more about that occasion at the earlier post entitled "Uncle Jasper."