The Division of Veterans Affairs maintains greater than 4 million gravesites throughout the U.S. Three of them have Nazi swastikas carved into the headstones.
The World Warfare II-era gravestones with Nazi symbols at army cemeteries in Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and Fort Douglas in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, mark the graves of German troops who have been among the many hundreds of Axis POWs despatched to mainland America throughout the conflict.
At Fort Sam Houston the place two of the German troopers are buried, the gravestones are minimize of the identical white stone and in the identical form because the U.S. army markers seen at locations similar to Arlington Nationwide Cemetery close to Washington, D.C. However these stones characteristic the German Iron Cross with a swastika within the center and an inscription that claims “He died removed from his dwelling for the Führer, individuals and fatherland.”
The gravestones had gone practically unnoticed for many years till weeks in the past when a army activist known as on the VA to take away the stones, sparking a debate over historical past, remembrance and what the U.S. owes its former enemies.