Community remembers American children

The German American and  International Women’s Club Kaiserslautern invites the German and American community to the blessing of the American children’s graves at the Kaiserslautern main cemetery (Waldfriedhof) behind Daenner Chapel.

The annual ceremony takes place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Every year, the GAIWC and the Ramstein Area Chiefs’ Group conduct this memorial to remember the deaths and funerals of American children.

In years past, a transfer to the U.S. was not possible, so children of U.S. service members were buried here. Most of these families left Germany after their service over here was completed.

The kindergraves have been maintained and financed by the GAIWC since 1965. This year, the women’s club will extend the existing occupancy contract by 25 years. The care of the children’s graves is a symbol of German-American friendship and an honor for the women’s club, which has maintained the kindergraves for more than 40 years. 

Each year, several American families attend the ceremony and establish new personal contacts.

The care of the graves is important because it enables American nationals traveling from the states to the cemetery after all these years to more easily bear the painful loss of a child far from home.

The families are able to take part in the ceremony held to mourn the untimely death of their children and to be assured that the resting place is well looked after.
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(Courtesy of GAIWC)