It is easy to forget, or never to have been taught or known, of the Muslims who have fallen in combat, fighting for their Western countries. As above, all are united in death, and should be in memory, and in life. Some reminders follow.
Battle of Verdun 1916
Cimétière Militaire de Douaumont/French National Cemetery at Douaumont
(15,000 graves; >16,100 buried; 130, 000 unknown soldiers in the ossuary)
The memorial dedicated to the Muslim soldiers who died for France in this WWI battle, inaugurated in 2006.
Muslim gravs facing Makkah, the ossuary in the distance (containing 100,000 unknown French and German soldiers)
Battle of ArtoisCimétière Militaire de Notre Dame de Lorette/French National Cemetery at Notre Dame de Lorette at Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, North Pas-de-Calais
(22,970 unknown soldiers buried in ossuaries)
The vastness of the cemetery
WWI and WWII
Cimetière de Saint-Claude à Besançon/French Military Cemetery at Besançon in the South of France, graves of Muslim colonial troops who died in both World Wars
Cemetery of Montjoie-Saint-Martin, western France
British Muslim soldier's grave
More Recent Wars
Muslim American soldier's grave in Arlington Cemetery
American Muslim mother at son's grave, fallen in the Iraq War
MAY THEY ALL REST IN PEACE
WWII, Cyprus, A Muslim, A Jew, A Christian Unknown German Soldier (Getty Images)
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