SavedBySacrifice.com

“Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.”
~David K. Webster~

(By Tjarco) David Kenyon Webster was a soldier of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He is known from the HBO series Band of Brothers. He wrote a book about his war time experience long before Stephen Ambrose wrote his book Band of Brothers. In his book, David Webster wrote: “Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.” What David Webster wrote was true when he wrote it, and it’s still true today. These words really touch your soul and thinking about the connection between these words and WW2 it’s impossible not to feel strong emotions. These words are true for all these men who made sure we got that one thing that is so precious: Freedom! So that’s why I used these words for the website.

But after all these years we may forget how we got this freedom. During World War 2 my grandparents lived under the Nazi regime for 5 years. My grandmother lost her father and two of her brothers. My grandfather had to hide from the Germans so he wouldn’t have to go to a work camp in Germany. Those years they and millions of others didn’t have the freedom we have. But we got our freedom back. Allied forces liberated Europe from its Nazi occupiers. Soldiers who survived paid a price for their service. The war left scars on their body and heart. The fallen soldiers paid the ultimate price by giving their lives for their comrades, for their country and for us. We must never forget that!

My family was the reason I got interested in the Second World War. My grandfather served in 1945 as interpreter for the Canadian Army. His wife, my grandmother, lost two of her brothers for being in the resistance. They were shot by the Germans in Camp Amersfoort. Her father also died there. He wasn’t in the resistance, but they shot him anyway.

Later I learned more about what happened in the war and I was able to understand it more. I had the honor to meet American, British and Dutch veterans. One of them, Sgt. Otie T. Cook is still a friend of mine. With his 90 years old I can say he is my oldest friend. I also adopted several graves with my dad. I adopted graves of heroes on Henri-Chapelle, Ardennes, Normandy and Margraten American Cemeteries, and also one Dutch soldiers’ grave on the Grebbeberg Cemetery in Holland. My dad adopted graves on Henri-Chapelle and Ardennes cemeteries.

I am proud to say I adopted these graves. These men were true heroes and they deserve to be honored. Each and every soldier is special to me. Of some I adopted I know a little, of some I know a lot, but every single one of them did his job to make the world a better place. Every allied soldier from that great generation deserves to be honored and together with all those other caretakers we will make sure they will be honored.

Welcome to our website on which we try to honor all the people who have that special place in our hearts. La Voie de la Liberté (The Road to Liberty) goes from Utah Beach and Saintč-Mere-Église to Bastogne. At the end of that road is a big impressive memorial. I will close this introduction with the words that are inscribed in that Memorial ‘The Mardasson’. Read these words, remember them and act like them:

Of these dead and all who fought here,
the now living may attest the greatness of the deed
only by increased devotion to the freedom,
for which they braved the fire.




“War Is Terrible.”

(By Simon) When I was a little boy I played soldier together with my friends. From a small tube I made a gun and shoot my friend “dead”. Sometimes he kept running and you get a big discussion. It was not fair when you were “dead”, then you have to lay on the ground until the game was over.

The soldiers whose graves I adopted are still “out of the game”. But all they came to Europe for our freedom. They paid a high price. All are KIA, DOW, MIA, FOD. We are still very thankful for what they did for us and it’s great to honor the fallen soldiers.

I adopted five graves of known soldiers and two unknown on Henri-Chapelle and Ardennes American War Cemetery. I am proud to adopted this graves.

On June 2009 we met Charlie and Joan Poulter in Normandy. Charlie, a veteran from England, delivered a speech on a memorial of the liberation of Roosendaal, Holland. I still remember the end of his speech, Old Soldiers Never Die, They Only Fade Away. And also, on a memorial at Camp Amersfoort a speaker said, the War is not over yet. When we are thinking and talking about the WW2 and remember all the soldiers and their families, the war is still near us.

On this website we will honor all the soldiers who liberated Europe. Thanks USA, thanks Great Britain, thanks Canada, and thanks to all the others.

I also want to give a special thanks to all of you in the USA who helped me to find family and relatives of the fallen soldiers who’s graves I’ve adopted.

Omaha Beach
Otie T. Cook

Sergeant Otie T. Cook
745th Tank Battalion

Opa

Bert Schoemaker
My Grandfather

Voie

Utah Beach
Start of the Voie de la Liberté

Mardasson

Part of inscription of Mardasson
Bastogne, Belgium


Normandy11

Tjarco with a US Veteran
Downtown Sainte Mere Eglise

Simon

Simon at Sam's grave
Henri-Chapelle cemetery

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