Posted 11 months ago
Memorial Day Tribute!
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. As a National Holliday in the United States, it was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 and first observed on May 30, 1868.
I would like to express my appreciation to all who have served in the armed forces, and show respect to all who gave the ultimate sacrifice, giving their life for our freedom.
A special time of silence is given to my uncle, Pfc. Roland Petrich, who was killed in action on July 8, 1944 in Normandy. Camp Phillips, Kansas, 313 Infantry Heavy Artillery in March 1944, went to N.Y. March 1944 then to England with letters to his mother dated in April & May, Then letters from France, 3 in June & the last letter received dated July 1, 1944.
The cemetery in the last photo states:
REQUIESCAT IN PEACE - The final resting place for 9,386 American soldiers, killed in Normandy landing 12 years ago, was recently dedicated along with a newly erected monument, background. Flags of the United States and France fly beside the crosses in long rows at the U.S. Military Cemetery in St. Laurent, France. Six such U.S. military burial grounds are being dedicated in Western Europe in July.
A letter to his mother from Richard B. Combs, Major, QMC Memorial Division dated Dec. 16, 1947 states, "Since the United States Military Cemetery Blosville, France, has not been designated as a permanent cemetery, your son's remains will be carefully disinterred and moved tothe United States Military Cemetery, St. Laurent, France, which will be permanently maintained by our Government."
Rest In Peace to All,