Why have a blog?
As we were discovering the countless heartwarming stories of friendship between Luxembourgers and American soldiers, we realized that sometimes a single point on a map just isn’t enough. We struggled to write a few of the memorials’ narratives, but how do you decide what to include when there are decades of memories to share, or many exciting tangents to dive into? A single point can’t always capture the complete story. We felt it would be unfair to pare down these stories and memories to about a hundred words and a few pictures when many deserve so much more.
We also realized that there are narratives or resources that may not quite “fit” on our map but are still worthy of further discussion. So, while we have tried to incorporate as much information as possible on our map, we decided it’s necessary to have an additional platform to go beyond the map, sharing stories from the past and present about individuals, communities, and organizations that have all played (and continue to play) a part in remembering this friendship between Luxembourg and the United States.
While we may be biased, we’re not exaggerating when we say these stories will warm your heart. There were many, many times when we audibly “awed” or teared up when reading about these stories. We only hope to do these stories justice as we try to preserve them through this site, for it seems that these stories can serve as a reminder of the value of international friendship and camaraderie not just in times of war, but in times of peace as well.
Therefore, we see this blog as a space for an in-depth exploration of related stories and events, comments on interesting resources we have come across while working on this project, and personal reflections on this journey.
We can’t wait to share more with you!