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PALATINATE CHAPTER PROJECTS

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Our Patriots
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JROTC Medals are presented at the American High Schools on US Military Bases in Germany.
    
Entries each year into the American History and Christopher Columbus essay contests are encouraged and promoted.
    
Palatinate Chapter lays a wreath each spring in observance of Yorktown Day, on the gravesite of Wilhelm and Christian von Forbach, who are entombed in Munich , in honor of our Palatinate Patriots who served in the war for American Independence.
    Von Forbach Gravesite - Munich
Chapter members attend the international ceremony in Hochfelden, France and lay a wreath at the monument marking the gravesite of WWII veteran Lt. John Grant Rahill. The town of Hochfelden established and maintains this monument in memory of all who died in the battles of the area. The ceremony takes place near the date of our Memorial Day each year.

       The ceremony dates back to 7 June 1953 when the monument to American soldiers lost in France was dedicated at the site of the Hochfelden cemetery at the grave of LT John Rahill.  LT Rahill was killed during a German mortar attack on Dec 2, 1944 when he was just 20 years old.  At the conclusion of the war, Lt Rahill's mother, Mrs Clara Rahill sent a letter simply addressed to "The Mayor of Hochfleden, France" in the hopes of learning any details of her son's grave site.  Mrs Lilly Haag, the wife of the mayor of Hochfelden, responded and ensured Mrs Rahill that her son was being well cared for by grateful Alsatians at a beautiful site on the outskirts of Hochfelden.
        In 1949, the US government planned to close the Hochfelden Military Cemetery and transfer the remains of the 1,000 soldiers buried there to either a nearby permanent cemetery in St Avold or return them to the United States.  Mrs Rahill and Mrs Haag once again worked together to ensure LT Rahill's remains would not be disturbed.
       They began a letter writing campaign that involved some of the most powerful men in France and the US, including General Dwight D Eisenhower and French General Maurice Force.  With the support of these two men, both governments agreed to turn over the responsibility of caring for the remains of LT Rahill in perpetuity to the town of Hochfelden.
        A civic organization, Alsace Reconnaissante a'lAmerique (Alsace is Grateful to America) raised funds for a special monument.  June 7th, 1953 the monument to American soldiers lost in France was dedicated at the site of Hochfelden Cemetery and the grave of LT John Rahill.
       A Memorial Ceremony has been held every year since then and commemorates all American sacrifices for the liberation of France from Nazi Germany in WWII.

 

    

 

Members support Landstuhl Regional Army Hospital by donating needed items and visiting soldiers recuperating from wounds sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan. Landstuhl is the primary medical treatment center for casualties of U.S. operations within Europe, Southwest Asia, and the Middle East.  
Read about DAR at Landstuhl: http://www.kaiserslauternamerican.com/

Chapter financial donations support the operation of the Fisher House at Landstuhl Hospital. Due to the location of this particular Fisher House (not on American soil) the US Fisher Foundation does not supply operating funds for this House. It is run solely on donations. A Fisher House is "a home away from home" for families of military personnel receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The houses are normally located within walking distance of the treatment center or have transportation available. The 31 ST Fisher house is a 7,900 square foot two-story comfort home and is the second built at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the U.S. military's only major medical center outside the United States. The first Fisher House built at Landstuhl was dedicated in June 2001. U.S. military personnel injured or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are normally sent to Landstuhl for their medical treatment.
 
The second Fisher House is larger than the first, with 11 bedrooms and a manager's office, plus a children's playroom. It is situated at the junction of Munson Circle and Gorgas Avenue across the street from the first Fisher House. Families are asked to pay $10 per day to stay at the facility. The approximate yearly costs for both houses are $180,000.
Tiffin Fox on left presenting check to FIsher House
 
 

 

We also support the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

 

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