DEVENS -- Memorial Day has traditionally been a time of decorating the graves of the nation's war veterans and of remembrance of their sacrifices to preserve our freedom.
Summer, though, is the time when most people have the opportunity to travel to France, and many especially intend to see the World War II Normandy beaches and the immensely impressive burial ground for American servicemen killed in the line of duty during the start of the liberation of France.
But there are other American military burial grounds across Europe, from both world wars. Such grounds can be found in Asia and the Pacific as well.
Fort Devens Museum will be showing a documentary introducing these many cemeteries in foreign lands, including that in Normandy, on Saturday, July 19, starting at 1 p.m. at the museum's premises, 94 Jackson Road on Devens. The event is the this month's third Saturday of each month presentation.
"Hallowed Grounds: America's Overseas Military Cemeteries," was produced for PBS National Primetime. The film shows the great beauty of these hallowed places and the dedicated care with which each cemetery is tended.
The museum opens each third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served before and after the program, providing an opportunity to talk with others who are interested in military history and our nation's heritage.
Fort Devens Museum is easy to reach. Off Exit 37 on Route 2, it's a straight shot to 94 Jackson Road on the right. Or take the entrance off West Main Street in Ayer and turn right as that road ends at Jackson Road, with the museum building a quarter-mile further along Jackson on the left.
For information, call 978-772-1286 or email email@example.com.