V-E Day: Beneath the Headstones

At the unassuming Kolmeshöhe cemetery, German and American flags flutter from the tower that overlooks the quaint, newly restored town of Bitburg. The two flags symbolize the friendship that Bitburg's German residents and the 10,600 Americans connected with the U.S. air base there have come to associate with their haven in the Eifel hills near the Luxembourg border. Each year since the cemetery was consecrated in 1959, American and French military officials have joined Germans in a wreath-laying ceremony at Kolmeshöhe. This year Ronald Reagan intends to place a wreath there, and late last week, the cemetery guard had just finished...

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