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From Veterans Affairs Canada (http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/pwmg/city/2)
Canada has played an integral role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since its inception on 4 April 1949. Canada's commitment to have four fighter wings in Europe resulted in the creation of the 1 Canadian Air Division with its Headquarters in Metz, France and the following Wings located in France and Germany:
- 1 (F) Wing at Marville, France;
- 2 (F) Wing at Grostenquin, France;
- 3 (F) Wing at Zweibrücken, Germany; and
- 4 (F) Wing at Baden-Söllingen, Germany.
Logistical support for the Division was provided by 30 AMB in Langar, England.
Zweibrücken is located in Germany and was the home of 3(F) Wing from 1953 to 1967. During that time 146 Canadian wives and children were laid to rest in the Zweibrücken Central Cemetery. Unlike most of North America, in most locations in Europe plots are not acquired in perpetuity but rather for a specific period of time, normally 20 to 25 years, after which the grave marker is removed and eventually the plot is reused. Fortunately, the Department of National Defence entered into formal lease arrangements with the City of Zweibrücken and the two sections where Canadians rest have been preserved.
The lease, which has been renewed for an additional fifty years was subject to the condition that Canada would carry out significant work to the existing gravemarkers. All work, including the erection of 2 Memorial Cairns was carried out during the summer of 2002.