Polisano Snyder first suggested to her sister the idea of retracing her father’s steps through Europe in 2013. As she uncovered more information, they both became more enthusiastic about the idea.
There is a growing trend of Americans going to Europe to visit one of the 14 overseas cemeteries related to World War II, said Tim Nosal, chief of public affairs for the American Battle Monuments Commission, based in Virginia.
“It’s a little bit more affordable (traveling to Europe),” said Nosal. And the 70th anniversary of D-Day last year and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe this year have kindled people’s interest. “People are looking more into family history.”
Polisano Snyder said that for her, the trip would be part of her healing process. “I just want to be there and feel my father’s presence,” she said. “I think I’m going to feel my father’s presence. I want to honor him — not just him, but honor all the soldiers that fought in that war and gave us our freedom.”
Good that a few are learning about our history’s heroes.