Christian Hero's homage to
ANTOON DESIRE EMIEL DEVREKER
soldier with the Canadian Army
born at Eerneghem, 16 December 1923
Gaston and Marguerite Daras
Fallen on the Rhine 30 March 1945
and buried at St. Michiel_Gestel (The Netherlands)
among his comrades in arms.
Our blood, our youthful live
were given away, undanuted to you
His officers and comrades testified
that Antoon was a courageous one
among the most courageous.
He received the Military Medal,
because he had risked his life recklessly
to save wounded soldiers. "Greater love no one has
than he who gives his life for
his friends" declared Our Lord.
Mortally wounded he immediately
requested a priest and received
the Last Sacraments. It is now the
supreme consolation of his family and
friends, that he prepared himself
for the Great Voyage.
His sick nurse wrote that
until the end he bore his suffering
as a soldier, without weakness and
Dear mother, sisters and brother
don't grieve, I have done my duty
for God and Country. We'll see
each other again in Heaven.
Sweet Heart of Maria, be my blessing.
(300 d. indulgence)