Bastogne commemorated the 75th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge
People from around the world gathered in Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 13 to 16 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. U.S. Army Garrison Benelux service members, leaders, and community members participated in the anniversary events.
The 42st Bastogne December Historic Walk occured on Saturday Dec. 14 and brought the participants in the footsteps of the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge. Many re-enactor groups participated in the walk or line up along the different routes to reconstitute some Battle of the Bulge scenes. Participants had the choice between three distances: 7, 14, and 21 kilometers.
COMMEMORATION OF THE SIEGE OF BASTOGNE
In addition to the walk, a patriotic parade began at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 14 as well as a wreath-laying at the Patton and McAuliffe monuments.
Organized by the Town of Bastogne, the commemoration brought together veterans, brotherhoods, dignitaries, students, Belgian and American military platoons and veterans. The ‘Jet de Noix’ (throwing of the nuts) from the balcony of the Town Hall brought the commemoration to a close.
More than 500,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces lost their lives during World Wars I and II. More than 14,000 are buried in Belgium and 8,000 in The Netherlands.
U.S. Army Garrison Benelux service members and host nation partners commemorated those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.
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