DEAR MISTER & Miss
Five years ago,I adopted the grave of a soldier dead for our freedom, in the American Memorial Cemetery Ardenne Belgium.
Ilearned that Ihad to apply to you in order to get information about the adopted soldier.
My little daughters,aged 6,7,and9,often ask me why I regularly lay flowers on this grave,as I never knew the soldier.It'is difficult for me to answer them.All what I can tell them is that it is a recognition in order not to forget his sacrifice,and it is for his familly who lives too far to be able to do it.
They asked me if we could get a picture of him.This is certainly not possible,I suppose.But couldn't we know more about this man, about his life and how he died?.
It is important to answer them.It is the only way to give the future generations the opportunity to remenber the price that some people have paid for our freedom.That is why we have to transmit as much information as possible about these heroes.
I also ask myself these question,what my parent didn't do,fearing to remenber their life conditions during the war.
I do it and want to answer my daughters.Each time I lay flowers on this grave,I think of his family.I would like to know whether he still has one and if they still think of him.
Could you send me, if it is possible ;information about this soldier?
Here are the only information I have at my disposal.
Alan w.Lightner. Oregon.
caporal(cpl)276 infentry 70 eme division
dead: january 12/1945
You can transmit it, with my name and address to the soldier Alan W Lightner's family,if they wish it so that they know he is not dead for nothing and at the other side of the Atlantic acean, some people still remember the courage and the bravery of all these soldiers, dead for us.
Hoping to get an answer from you, Ithank you very much.
Yours faithfully, Jean Schobben of belgium
my adress is Schobben jean
rue des Eglantiers n°7
Liege Belgium Europe