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Veterans of a different foreign war
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Two area graves, one in Monroe and one in New Glarus, are not decorated on Memorial Day or honored on Veterans Day. Yet the graves mark the final resting places of two soldiers who participated in a foreign invasion nearly two centuries ago. These two men, Mathias Duerst and Johann Jacob Durst, were sent into France from their native Canton Glarus, Switzerland in the final days of the Napoleonic Wars.