What does memorial grave mean

November 15th is national mourning day. In memory of the victims of war and tyranny, wreaths are laid by political representatives in the cemeteries on this day. Nationwide, the highest federal authorities and their divisions flag at half-mast.

In Bruchsal, too, the top of the town hall invites you every year to a commemoration in the cemetery and to laying wreaths at the war graves. The increased number of corona infections is preventing public events to commemorate the dead in many places this year.

"Cemeteries are silent places in history," says Alexandra Nohl, SPD state parliament candidate for the Bruchsal constituency (29). Bruchsal's cemetery, where the first burials took place around 1276, is a social and political witness to the development of the city and beyond.

“The graves are important monuments. That is why it is personally important to me that they are preserved, ”Nohl explains her initiative to maintain the memorial to the Bruchsal freedom fighters of the Baden Revolution, who were legally shot in the popular uprising from 1848 to 1849. "They paved the way for our democracy and fought for freedom."

Together with her second candidate Christian Holzer, the staunch pacifist freed the grave from overgrown ivy, cleaned the historic tombstone and devoted herself to the new grave planting. After the work was done, the former Bruchsal SPD city councilor E-F Schäfer attached the federal corkade to the tombstone in honor of the fallen. He was also the one who called for action because of the poor condition of some memorial graves.

"It not only needs monuments, but also places of learning where democracy can be experienced through its history!", So Landtag candidate Nohl in her statement, and adds: "Against forgetting!"