They’re buried by the thousands, in forgotten fields of grass and stone. Colorado heroes, who never made it home from war.
FOX31 Denver’s Jeremy Hubbard recently traveled to eight U.S. military cemeteries overseas, in places like France, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium and Netherlands.
He traveled there with The Greatest Generations Foundation, a Denver-based charity devoted to returning war heroes to the battlefields where they served, and teaching young people about the service and sacrifice of those who’ve served in the U.S. military.
Among the places featured in our FOX31 news special, “Where Heroes Rest:”
- Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, outside Florence Italy. It has a special tie to Colorado. It’s where 300 members of the famed 10th Mountain Division are buried. The men of the 10th Mountain Division were trained at Camp Hale, Colorado.
- Siciliy-Rome American Cemetery, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Nearly 100 Colorado heroes are buried there, including the brother of Leila Ala, 93, of Montrose, Colorado.
- Netherlands American Cemetery, where a Denver hero is buried. Gen. Maurice Rose died in the final days of World War II, but his legacy lives on in Denver to this day.
These foreign cemeteries are maintained by the American Battlefield Monuments Commission, an agency that maintains 25 permanent American military cemeteries and 27 federal memorials, monuments and markers in 16 foreign countries.
Update: “Where Heroes Rest” was honored with a 2017 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best documentary