Here rest 222 men, we will remember them.
Adopt a grave of a fallen soldier
After the liberation, there were scattered military graves at the places where fights took place. The local population took care of these graves and ensured that the graves were provided with flowers. In various correspondences from that time, it can be read that this was a great comfort for the overseas relatives. They were often unable to undertake the journey to visit the grave themselves. Soon the British authorities started to build a military cemetery, which was given the name "Valkenswaard War Cemetery". Here all fallen British military from the area were collected. The graves were adopted by local families who put flowers on the graves and did the maintenance because the British still had their hands full with other things. For the families this was the least they could do back as a thank you for their liberation. After some years it became somewhat easier for families to undertake the trip to the Netherlands, and several families also visited the graves of their loved ones. They were often touched by the good involvement of the local population with the fate of their loved one.
Because the maintenance of the graves is done entirely by the Commonwealth Graves Commision, the British government decided to stop the adoption of the war graves in the 1950s. The Foundation Erfgoed 40-45, has since it’s foundation, seen the cemetery as an important part of local history. A lot of research was done into the background of the fallen and various contacts were made with the surviving relatives. All information is shared by the foundation via the website and facebook page about the cemetery. As a result, the foundation regularly got the question whether there was a possibility to adopt a grave. Because this possibility was not there, the foundation then called in the help of the municipalities of Valkenswaard and Bergeijk. Together they have received permission from the CWGC that we, as a Foundation, are allowed to restart the adoption of the British war graves at the military cemetery Valkenswaard. This with the aim to increase the involvement with the cemetery and to secure it for the future.
For 5 euros a year the adopters receive a certificate with information about the adopted soldier. The only 'obligation' of the adoption is to lay down flowers several times a year. This can be on special days (4 May - Nat. Remembrance Day, September 17 - liberation from Valkenswaard or Christmas for example), or pay us to do so. The adoption can be done by individuals, associations, companies, schools etc. In this way we can ensure that the boys who died for our freedom are not forgotten. "
Do you want to adopt a grave? Send an application to:
Foundation Heritage 40-45
5583 BL Waalre
Or an email to:
O.v.v. mention of Adoption application.