By Sam Edwards
Amidst the ruins of postwar Europe, and simply because the chilly conflict dawned, many new memorials have been devoted to these american citizens who had fought and fallen for freedom. a few of these monuments, plaques, stained-glass home windows and different commemorative signposts have been proven through brokers of the united states govt, in part within the carrier of transatlantic international relations; a few have been outfitted by way of American veterans' teams mourning misplaced comrades; and a few have been supplied by means of thankful and grieving ecu groups. because the warfare receded, Europe additionally grew to become the location for different kinds of yankee commemoration: from the sombre and solemn battlefield pilgrimages of veterans, to the political theatre of Presidents, to the creation and intake of commemorative souvenirs. With a particular specialise in tactics and practices in specified areas of Europe - Normandy and East Anglia - Sam Edwards tells a narrative of postwar Euro-American cultural touch, and of the acts of transatlantic commemoration that this bequeathed.
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