Each year, Germany celebrates Remembrance Day to honor fallen soldiers and victims of violence. In observation of the holiday, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Fort Drum Prisoner of War Cemetery Sunday. Our Elizabeth Jeneault has more on the story.
FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- "We're celebrating six German prisoners of war which died after the war and didn't have anyone to be sent home to so the people around here where they worked in the farms, they buried them here in the cemetery," said Ursula Mickle, Watertown German American Club President.
Like Memorial Day, Remembrance Day is a National Holiday in Germany, a time to remember victims of violence as well as those who've served.
Sunday's event featured a few thoughtful messages, the playing of taps, a wreath-laying and of course, a moment of silence.
It's the 12th year in a row that the Watertown German American Club has held the event.
"To me, this is honoring the soldiers, any soldiers; the Europeans do a good job at honoring our soldiers that remain overseas in many cemeteries over there. These poor soldiers, they were not able to repatriate them and bring them home so they're buried here," said David Robling, Fort Drum VFW Liaison.
Even though U.S. and German forces clashed in World War II, those differences are put aside on Remembrance Day because they say anyone who serves their country deserves to be honored.
"It's actually quite a good symbol that they rest in peace here in the US and our relationship has changed fundamentally so I think it's a good thing," said LTC Guido Plorer, German Armed Forces Liaison Officer.
They are honorable soldiers, they did their job and unfortunately they did not survive to go home and be with their families," said David Robling, Fort Drum VFW Liaison.
They may have never made it back home to their families but at least in the North Country, they're still being treated as if they are.