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Luxembourg remembered the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge

Published Friday December 20 2019

On December 16th, 1944, the Nazi troops launched its last big offensive against the Allied Forces in World War II. The Battle of the Bulge would later be remembered as the deadliest land battle fought by American troops in the European theatre in WWII.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the beginning of this last dark chapter of the Second World War, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Embassy of the United States in Luxembourg had invited to a ceremony at the Hamm military cemetery, where World War II hero and liberator of Luxembourg, General George. S. Patton, rests in peace, together with 5’072 fellow American soldiers. The ceremony was attended by veterans who fought the Battle of the Bulge and by dignitaries of the countries involved in the Battle, representatives of the different Luxembourg institutions, as well as the Ambassador of the United States of America in Luxembourg, James R. Evans, and the Ambassador of Luxembourg to the United States, Gaston Stronck. The American delegation was led by the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Mark T. Esper and the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs, General Mark A. Milley, as well as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Nancy Pelosi.

In the margins of the ceremony, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, when receiving Speaker Pelosi at the Ministry of State, noted: "Luxembourg will never forget the sacrifices that the American people have made to free our country from foreign oppression. Since then, the United States, Luxembourg and the European Union have established a strong partnership that has shaped the modern world. In regards to our common future, we must remain committed to a multilateral approach where cooperation prevails over confrontation.”