MEMORIAL DAY, 1945, GERMANY
On Memorial Day, 24 days after the Victory, composite battalions of troops representing all units of the Division, stood formation before the City Hall in Kaufbeuren to pay honor to the memory of their fallen comrades.
General Dahlquist summed it up this way: "Americans have gathered each Memorial Day for years to pay tribute to their soldier dead. And in all parts of the world today such meetings are being held. But to no other group and in no other place can the day mean as much as it does to us, members of the Division which has just finished 20 months of combat through Italy, France and Germany.
"We know, therefore, that our cause was just and that our honored dead did not die in vain. The struggle is not over. On the other side of the world thousands of our comrades are still locked in a life and death fight with another enemy, as cunning, as bestial, as cruel, as was the German Nazi. But Victory here made certain Victory in the Pacific. Only when Japan lies prostrate as Germany will the task of the soldier be done.
"When that task is done, there will still remain one, a continuing one, the task of seeing to it that Naziism can never rise again. That is the task which we as citizens who are also veterans of the world's greatest war, must never forget.
"Only thus will we really honor those men to whom we pay homage today, our fallen comrades."
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