of the Bridge at Remagen by American troops and the collapse
of the Bridge 10 days later caused deaths on both sides. A
special German court had four German officers sentenced to death
and executed on charges of “cowardice” and “violation of duties”.
A civilian was killed in the American advance upon Erpel,
on the opposite side of the Rhine. And 28 American
soldiers, who were in the process of making repairs to the Bridge,
were killed when the Bridge collapsed on March 17th, 1945.
All of these deaths are to be remembered. Peace is only possible when we reflect together upon the ravages of war.
The Stars and Stripes
On March 7th, 1962, veterans met for the first time at the towers of the bridge. Since 1978, numerous meetings have been organized. The Stars and Stripes from the