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Barbara Mooneyhan (not verified) - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 19:00

My family and I stumbled on the Remember Museum when we were retracing our Dad's footsteps from Omaha Beach to Pilsen, CS. He spent Christmas Day at Abbye Val Dieu (which is close by). This museum is the best we saw in all of Europe! Marcel and Mathilde's story is fascinating and they have hearts as big as the whole outside for our veterans. GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO VISIT! You won't be disappointed!

Meeuwissen Gisèle (not verified) - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 22:06

Magnifique musée. Je le recommande chaudement. Les guides dont notamment, Marcel, sont des passionnés .

Susan Berry (not verified) - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 17:21

I enjoy your website and meeting you both through my father, Ben, who got the chance to meet you while in Belgium. Thank you for what you do to remember veterans. Susan

Laurie Bolton (not verified) - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 01:19

Dear M & M: Fantastic website and heartfelt thanks to you for your ongoing remembrance of the sacrifices of our WWII American veterans! Laurie

Philip Joyce (not verified) - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 15:55

This is a wonderful museum owned by 2 of the most wonderful people that I have ever met. If you ever have a chance, please visit and get to know the M&M's and Marcel's story.....they, and what they do for WWII veterans is amazing.

Deno (not verified) - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 09:48

Fantastique musée!
La visite est alimentée d'anecdotes fructueuses.
Marcel et Mathilde parviennent à communiquer leur passion aux visiteurs!
A voir absolument

Eric Buchanan (not verified) - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 12:01

-----Have you ever been invited into someone?s home only to realize soon after that you had actually been invited right into their hearts? That?s what it felt like for me when Bob Konings and Frank Gahagan took my wife and I to visit ?The Remember Museum ? The M&M?s?, next to Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in a small community called Thimister-Clermont. Mathilda and her husband Marcel, M&M, started the museum around 25 years ago and have been honoring WWII veterans and their families ever since. Just before the Battle of the Bulge Marcel was a little five year old boy when the 1st Infantry Division was quartered on his parents farm there. Marcel himself was forced to attend a school in which he was not allowed to speak French, only German, then return to his home where he was not allowed to speak German. When Hitler initiated the Battle of the Bulge the 1st ID left in a hurry leaving behind many personal belongings and consequently had no one to return to collect them. With heavy casualties during the Bulge those belongings remained at the farm. M&M started the museum with those belongings to honor those heroes. By hand Marcel made all of the mannequins in the likeness of the soldiers who once wore the uniforms they are wearing in the museum. He wanted to display all of his newspapers and magazines from ?39-?45, so he built a newsstand in the likeness of one in a picture he had in order to display them. He had tanker uniforms and tank relics, so he built a tank for that display. He built a V1 replica to display while playing a CD that they had obtained that contained audio of an incoming V1 rocket?and on and on. During our tour it seemed that Matilda had not forgotten a single detail of the veterans, or their thousands of relics and pictures that live on in the museum.
-----One of the many great stories that Matilda shared with us that day was that of a little baby girl whose dad was an aviator and crashed his aircraft near to where the museum stands. They had collected many pieces from the crash site, as well as a picture of the pilot holding a baby girl. That baby girl grew up yearning to learn about her father. When she would ask her mother about him growing up she would be told not to think about the war, it?s in the past. She stopped asking until after her mother passed away. The baby girl, now grown into an elderly lady, was then lead to this museum through her research. Now there is a picture of an elderly woman next to the same picture who now knows endearing details of the sacrifices of her father, and now she has a picture of her with him that she never knew existed. She now even has a piece of the plane.
----Thousands of veterans have been honored and immortalized in this museum...to include several GOYAs. Many have come back to visit leaving their signatures on a WWII cargo truck, Mathilda can find every individual?s name if you simply ask. It?s rumored that their kitchen table is the most photographed kitchen table in Belgium. Generals, Diplomats, WWII veterans and family members have sat at that table. During WWII soldiers of the 1st ID were entertained there as well. So many have enjoyed the hospitality of two national/world treasures, Mathilda and Marcel. For me the secret to happiness in life is simple?keep honor centered in it. Honoring others is the best way to do just that. My wife and I were honored to be invited in that home, as well as thousands of others. M&M must be one of the happiest couples on earth, they sure seemed like it to me. I will never forget that visit. Much thanks to Bob Konings and Frank Gahagan!

Eric van den B… (not verified) - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 08:40

In reply to by Eric Buchanan (not verified)

I agree in every word Eric Buchanan said. 2 Loving people who own a museum and tell the stories wirh their heart! Our visit was about four hours and Mathilde told us so many beautiful stories with so much respect to all the veterans who fought for our freedom!
Thanks M&M's that we had the honour to be the guests in your museum!

Ingo Stammwitz (not verified) - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 21:32

Ein Besuch in diesem Museum lohnt sich !!!!
Eine Deutschsprachige F?hrung durch das Museum war kein Problem.
Sehenswert, und nur zu Empfehlen.

Martin Schreurs, (not verified) - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 15:33

Prachtig en fascinerend museum, met persoonlijke rondleiding en het bijbehorende verhaal van vrijwel elk museumstuk. Indrukwekkende getuigenissen van de veteranen die er in '44 verbleven. Veel purple hearts, onderscheidingen en stars en stripes van deze veteranen.

Meeuwissen Francine (not verified) - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 19:40

Félicitation a vous deux et merci pour votre chaleureux accueil

SCHRÖDER (not verified) - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 17:49

Chers Monsieur et Madame Schmetz,
Chers “M&M’s”,
Chère Mathilde et cher Marcel,
(si je puis me permettre, comme les Américains, de m’adresser à vous par votre prénom...)

Ce petit mot pour vous remercier vivement et chaleureusement pour la visite, le 24 juin dernier, du “JOYAU” de votre œuvre commune : le
“ Remember Museum “ !
Les participants, Anciens de mon Régiment et de tous grades, ont été vraiment époustouflés non seulement par tous les objets exposés mais aussi, et surtout, par le respect et le souvenir témoignés à l’égard de tous ses braves GI’s venus délivrer nos contrées en 1944.
Dans ce “joyau” chaque objet, chaque scène et chaque photo ont leur histoire propre car vous avez le bonheur de la connaitre à travers les souvenirs de jeunesse de l’ami Marcel ou encore par le récit des vétérans US, et/ou descendants, côtoyés lors de vos rencontres avec eux lors de leur passage chez vous ou chez eux aux USA.
C’est tout cela qui fait la différence avec les autres musées que nous connaissons...
Le vôtre est UNIQUE car, grâce à votre engagement personnel tant sur le plan matériel qu’intellectuel, vous êtes des passeurs de mémoire incomparables d’un passé douloureux que beaucoup de nos contemporains ignorent ou, pire, ont oublié !
Je suis vraiment admiratif de vos personnalités respectives qui se complètent parfaitement... bref les “M&M’s “constituent bien le “couple d’enfer” (= exceptionnel) annoncé dans la plaquette de présentation du musée !
Ajoutez-y votre gentillesse naturelle, votre disponibilité exceptionnelle et la qualité de votre accueil et toutes les conditions sont réunies pour satisfaire tous vos visiteurs car ils se sentent “chez eux “...
Ils ont le plaisir de partager vos souvenirs personnels et même pour certains de reconsidérer leur opinion, parfois biaisée, sur certains événements de cette époque.

Encore grand MERCI pour TOUT et au plaisir de vous revoir,

N. SCHRÖDER
Président de la section Liège
Fraternelle Royale et Amicale
1er et 1/3 Régiment de Lanciers


John Rhoden (not verified) - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:32

Thank you for your hospitality the other day, when our group (from Mississippi) took your tour. OUTSTANDING!!! God bless both of you for keeping history alive. I will never forget you two and all the stories. If we never meet again, this side of Heaven, God bless you!!!

Sue Chesnick L… (not verified) - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:01

My mother, June Chesnick, was the one who named them M&M. We were told nicknames like that were generally not used but it sure has its appeal and now every publicity enjoys the M&M idea. They and several other Belgian friends of my father Francis have continued to send Christmas cards and other cards through the years. With so many traveling duties, I am amazed at how quickly the cards arrive after notifying them of deaths or sickness. The two of them certainly have admirable energy and compassion. We fly a Belgian flag at Dad's house (he passed away July 29, 2017.)

KAREN MORGAN (not verified) - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 06:08

HAD THE GREAT FORTUNE TO MEET M & M AND STAY AT THEIR HOME WITH SOME MILITARY FOLKS, THE MUSEUM IS FANTASTIC AND THEY ARE THE BEST FOLKS EVER!!! LOVE TO YOU BOTH, I THINK OF YOU OFTEN AND WILL VISIT AGAIN ONCE I GET BACK TO GERMANY/BELGIUM.

KAREN MORGAN (not verified) - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 06:13

Matilde and Marcel,
Hope you are both well, I think of you often and plan to visit again when I get back to Germany and Belgium. Love your museum and had the great honor of staying at your home with some Navy folks from Landstuhl ( Ron Naida and the group). Love you two !!
Thank you ever so much for your hospitality and the honor you give to our Troops!!
Karen

louis (not verified) - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 23:41

Vandaag het museum bezocht met vrienden en familie. Zeer onder de indruk van alles wat bewaard is gebleven. Ook mooie verhalen gehoord van onze gids Hub ! Dat maakt het museum uniek en houdt de herinneringen levend. Als slagroom op de taart een mooie ballade van Leon op de doedelzak.

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