Sunday, June 06, 2010


One of the ports of call for our Mediterranean Cruise (July 2008) was Carthage, Tunisia. After the regular stops at Bardo National Museum and Sidi Bou Said, our tour guide Sammi (a very well educated and well mannered young man) arranged an un-scheduled visit to the World War II North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial. I have always felt a sense of gratitude and respect when visiting National Cemetery, it was even more special during our vacation because it reminded us to pause and remember the men and women who gave their life and fought with honor and commitment so we could enjoy freedom and liberty. Engraved on the wall in the above photo were these words "Here we and all who shall hereafter live in freedom will be reminded that to these men and their comrades we owe a debt to be paid with grateful remembrance of their sacrifice and with the high resolve that the cause for which they died shall live".

On the wall at the Cemetery are the names of 3,724 American Missings who gave their lives in the military services ranging from North Africa to the Persian Gulf during World War II. Photo above showed headstones of final resting places of 2,841 American soldiers.

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