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Luxembourg remembers Battle of the Bulge
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Luxembourg remembers Battle of the Bulge

16.12.2013 From our online archive
On December 16, 1944, German troops launched the Ardennes Offensive in a last effort to win the Second World War. Luxembourg marked the anniversary with a ceremony at the US military cemetery in Hamm.

(CS) On December 16, 1944, German troops launched the Ardennes Offensive in a last effort to win the Second World War. Luxembourg marked the anniversary with a ceremony at the US military cemetery in Hamm.

The “Cercle des officiers de la garde grande-ducale” on Saturday laid a flower wreath at the cemetery in honour of all the US soldiers who fought during the Battle of the Bulge, which eventually led to Luxembourg's liberation in 1944, with Vianden the final commune to be liberated in February 1945.

The wreath was decorated with a sash that read: “In faithful memory to all the American Soldiers who lost their lives during World War II for our liberty and peace.”

Some 5,076 US soldiers are buried at the cemetery and memorial site in Hamm. Among them is General George S Patton Jr, who led the Battle of the Bulge.

Jane Messenger, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy to Luxembourg, joined members of the US Air Force and representatives of the Luxembourg army in a minute of silence at the Saturday memorial.