Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance.” –Thomas Jefferson: Legal Argument, 1770. Ford Edition of The Writings of Thomas Jefferson 1:376
Where does freedom come from?
This Memorial Day, I thought it fitting to remember the sacrifice of my grandfather, an American Army Sergeant who died fighting the Nazis on November 27, 1944 in Merzenhausen, Germany.
My understanding of the history is that there were so many American soldiers killed, that the expeditious handling of so many required assistance from neighboring European allies. Accordingly along with many others, my grandfather was buried in Holland where Dutch families adopted individual deceased American soldiers and the care of their resting place until after the war. At that time, next of kin chose final arrangements. Many remains were then disinterred and moved to the United States according to the families’ wishes.