S3E15: America’s Overseas Military Cemeteries

This week we journey overseas to talk more about military cemeteries. We learn about the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), a federal agency that manages America’s overseas cemeteries from World War I and World War II.

We talk about these cemeteries and how ABMC honors the services of overseas U.S. Armed Forces by maintaining and promoting America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials. You’ll also learn about how to visit them on your own pilgrimage to honor a loved one who fought for freedom long ago.

Maj General David Gillett shared about his visits to many of these cemeteries, including the one in Luxembourg. David shared that it is one of the best cemeteries to visit.  The grounds are beautifully laid out with American soldiers of all ranks.  General Patton’s grave is at this site.  This cemetery has 5070 soldiers on 51 acres of land.  Watch the video above to learn more. Visit the link below for listing of all cemeteries ABMC manages.


Important facts about America’s Overseas Military Cemeteries (ABMC)

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Neptune Memorial Reef

David also shared about Neptune Memorial Cemetery, which we covered in another episode (S2E48: All About Cemeteries). He and Marianne – who are avid scuba divers – made a visit to this underwater cemetery and reported how fascinating it was. A few of their images are below.

Songs to Wake the Dead

Our ongoing series features original songs that could be played at a funeral, (one that is appropriate, one that is likely not). We invite singer/songwriters to submit work, and this Week’s artist is Magus Productions.

Magnus Productions

The first song, Walking in His Shoes by Georgie Rhein was created by Magus Productions to support musician Mark Jolly, who has Parkinson’s, and Bill Finley, who died of Parkinson’s last year. All proceeds from the sale of this song will go to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Walking In His Shoes
Georgie Rhein

If you’re wondering why
That man is moving so slow
He’s in your way
In the grocery store
Why won’t he just get
His things and move along
If you’re thinking he’s lazy
Well you’re oh so wrong

It started slowly
With shaky hands
But even now at times
He can barely stand
Sometimes the pills work
Other times they don’t
You’ll never hear him complain
He’s too proud to let you know that

He’s living with problems                                    
That you can’t imagine
Battling  demons
That you can’t understand
So have a little patience
He’s doing the best he can
Just try walking in his shoes

What the doctor told him  
Cut straight to his heart
He knows there is no cure
But he can’t just fall apart
He’s trying real hard to live
a normal life
If you think that’s easy to do
Just try walking in his shoes

Always been an independent man 
Worked hard all his life
He’s a family man
He never imagined
He’d have to live this way
But with his family’s love and prayers
He’s going to be okay

No matter what you think     
No matter how tough
No matter how you play your hand
Life might call your bluff
You know that time can catch up to you
And you could find yourself
Walking in his shoes

…Just try walking in his shoes

The second song, which really makes a great song for a funeral is called “Heroes” is a song for everyone in service – soldiers, first responders, nurses, EMTs also by Georgie Rhein at Magus Productions.

lyrics by Georgie Rhein 

Listen to the stories ‘bout a lawman in our town
He’s a legend ‘round these parts for bringing bad guys down.
When we pay a tribute to our sheriff’s final fall

We honor all those like him… for answering the call.
Some heroes are a humble kind, wanna fight behind the lines.
Like nurses and firemen who are busy saving lives.
Others are loyal to a cause for the difference it makes
Like fighting for our country….. and the courage it takes

Heroes are just people, till life puts ‘em to the test                   
To stand up in the face of fear for whatever’s coming next
Heroes make a sacrifice and give it all their best
I’ll sing this song for heroes…. We never will forget.
The sun will rise and it will fall, yeah, life can be that way       
But, heroes just keep moving on, ready for another day.

Like a fighter in his final round, we battle every day        
To overcome our fears, and keep our families safe
My heroes are the working men in cities and small towns
Doing what they have to do, and never standing down.

Heroes are just people, till life puts ‘em to the test                     
To stand up in the face of fear for whatever’s coming next
Heroes make a sacrifice and give it all their best
I’ll sing this song for heroes…. We never will forget.

Magus Productions is a recording studio working with independent artists to promote their original music: https://www.magusproductions.studio/

Do you have a couple of songs you would like to share? See the info at the bottom of the page for how Singers/Songwriters can submit entries for consideration.

Recipe of the Week

While we’re journeying overseas, why not stop over in Hawaii – or is it Canada? – for Hawaiian Pizza. Be sure you tune in for the story on how this unusual but tasty combination came to be! So what is your opinion – is it a heresy, or the best thing since sliced pie? Grab the recipe here, and feel like you’re enjoying luau dancing on a pizza pie!

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There are many wonderful songs that could be played at a funeral. We also know there are songs that could be played, but are cringeworthy (e.g. Ding Dong the Witch is Dead; Another One Bites the Dust; Ring of Fire, etc.).

We are inviting you to send us a recording of two of your original songs (i.e. that could be played at a funeral, one that is appropriate, one that is likely not) to be included in the third half of the ‘Everyone Dies’ podcast. We will include as many artists over the next year (maybe longer if we are enjoying the segment) as possible.

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Go to this link, fill out the form and submit it along with your two original songs in .wav or .mp3 format (i.e. two original songs that could be played at a funeral, one that is appropriate, one that is likely not). We will screen them and let you know what week your work will be included. We will include all your information in our show notes so people can purchase your recordings.

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