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by Angeline Booher / November 11, 2008 12:44 AM PST
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Just returned from local ceremonies
by JP Bill / November 11, 2008 12:54 AM PST
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Watching ceremonies from Ottawa on tv.

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From Daily Britannica, a particular item:
by drpruner / November 11, 2008 2:16 PM PST
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At 5:00 AM the Allied powers and Germany signed an armistice document in the railway carriage of Ferdinand Foch, the [French] commander of the Allied armies, and six hours later World War I came to an end.

Twenty-some years later, Hitler's people located the car, and used it to accept the French surrender.
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I just discovered that my uncle got a Wikipedia mention
by Josh K / November 11, 2008 11:35 PM PST
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Scroll down to the section on Strauss and the Nazis. My uncle was the Lieutenant. He loved telling that story and I loved asking him to tell it. He passed away on Christmas Day 2001.
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by drpruner / November 14, 2008 10:43 PM PST

I knew Strauss had been "liberated" by USA forces. Here's more on his encounters, from Wikipedia:
"The Concerto in D major for Oboe and Small Orchestra, Op. 144, TrV 292, was written by Richard Strauss in 1945. It was one of the last works he composed near the end of his life, during an "Indian summer" in which he unabashedly returned to the Romantic style of his youth.
Strauss had been requested to compose the concerto by John de Lancie, an American GI who in civilian life had been an oboist of the Pittsburgh Orchestra and who visited Strauss's home after encountering him while stationed in Germany after World War II. When asked if he had ever thought about writing an oboe concerto, Strauss simply answered, "No". However, in the months to follow, the idea grew on him and it was premiered on February 26, 1946 in Z

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that's nice
by James Denison / November 15, 2008 1:56 AM PST

we all have an uncle that was in that war. Not all were so lucky.
search denison, john
My dad's brother 2 yrs older.
Enlisted in April, dead by Christmas.

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Have you been to the cemetery?
by Josh K / November 17, 2008 12:16 AM PST
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A coworker of mine has been to visit the Normandy beaches, some of the cemeteries, etc. I'd like to do that sometime.

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by James Denison / November 17, 2008 1:24 AM PST

I thought he was buried further over in France, otherwise I'd have visited the site in 1984 or 1985 when I spent some weeks in Germany. I'd rented an Opel and driven all along the Mosel river, traveled the Hundsruck region near Weisbaden too, not realizing my uncle was just across on the other side of the river. I'd thought the second time of visiting France, but was waiting for my firstborn to come and didn't want to miss it, so wasn't willing to get too far out from the hospital.

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