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Media Advisory: U.S. Participates in Battle of the Bulge 75 Commemorations

Dec. 11, 2019

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WIESBADEN, Germany —

At the request of the host nations of Belgium and Luxembourg, U.S. troops and equipment in Europe and the U.S. will participate in various events Dec. 13-16, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The battle, named for the counter attack led by Allied forces between December 1944 and January 1945, was a decisive moment in World War II as the last major German offensive on the western front.

U.S. participation will include personnel from 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, whose division has lineage to the Siege of Bastogne. 

Several events will feature WWII veterans participating side-by-side with active duty service members from lineage units. The Battle of the Bulge ceremonies provide an opportunity to recognize and honor the men and women of the Greatest Generation in the communities where the historic battle was fought and reflect upon the generations of U.S. service members stationed in Europe who continue to contribute to its collective defense and cooperative security.


Schedule of Battle of the Bulge events with official U.S. military participation:

DATE

EVENT

TIME

LOCATION

Dec. 13


Luminary Event at Luxembourg American Cemetery

  • As dusk falls at the cemetery, each headstone will be illuminated with a candle
  • Attendance is free and open to the public. 
  • U.S. Soldiers and the US Army Europe band will participate.
  • Details at https://www.abmc.gov

4 p.m.

Luxembourg

Dec. 14


Bastogne Angels Ceremony

  • A small ceremony honoring the 326th Medical Company from 101st Airborne Division and civilians who helped during the battles.

11:30 a.m.

Bastogne, Belgium

Dec. 14


Commemoration of the Siege of Bastogne

  • Organized by the town of Bastogne
  • Will include U.S. service members, Belgian military, veterans and foreign dignitaries.
  • Wreaths will be placed at Gen. George S. Patton and Gen. Anthony McAuliffe’s memorials.
  • The 'Jet de Noix' (throwing of the nuts) from the balcony of the Town Hall will bring the commemoration to a close.

2:30 p.m.

Bastogne, Belgium

City of Bastogne media kits can be found here: www.bastogne75.com

For media accreditation email: c.bonnet@bastogne.be

Dec. 14


U.S. Military Equipment and Medical Static Displays

8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Bastogne, Belgium

Dec. 15


Keystone in the Way Commemorations

  • Seven-city event with participation from the 28th Infantry Division

8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Ettelbruck, Diekirch, Consthum, Hosingen,  Weiswmapach, Wiltz, Clervaux

Dec. 15


Malmedy Massacre Remembrance

2 p.m.

Malmedy, Belgium

Dec. 15


Salute to the Fallen

  • Space is limited

5 p.m.

Bois Jacques Foxholes, Jacques Woods

Dec. 15


Ceremony honoring 99th Infantry Division and 395th Infantry Regiment

TBD

Lanzerath, Belgium

Dec. 15


Dedication of:

  • Memorial to Prisoners of War
  • 106th Infantry Division Memorial

TBD

Schoenberg, Belgium

Dec. 16


Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

3:30 p.m.

Luxembourg

                                                                                                                                   


Senior leader and service member interviews:

Media interested in arranging interviews with U.S. senior leaders and U.S. service members; or to obtain more information about U.S. military participation in the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge events should contact U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs by email at usarmyeurope.mediadesk@mail.mil.

City of Bastogne events:

Media access to Luxembourg Cemetery:

  • Media interested in attending the Luxembourg American Cemetery and memorial ceremony must register at https://maee.gouvernement.lu.
  • Media accreditation required by Dec. 13, 10 a.m.
  • The access road to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial will be closed Dec. 16. Vehicle and pedestrian access to the area will be prohibited; however, a free shuttle service will be organized. Logistical details subject to change and will be communicated once you register.

Download content:

If you can't attend, B-roll, package videos, imagery and news stories will be available for download from the WWII 75 in Europe website at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/WWII75inEurope.

Social media:

Members of media are invited to help us showcase the different ways U.S. forces are commemorating Battle of the Bulge with these hashtags:

  • #Bastogne75
  • #WWII75inEurope
  • #BattleoftheBulge
  • #WWII
  • #101stAirborne
  • #101Bastogne
  • #StrongEurope
  • #EUCOMWWII75
  • #USAMBC
  • U.S. Army Europe
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