Battle of the Bulge's 73rd anniversary observed
By USAG Benelux Public Affairs
December 22, 2017 1 / 7 A little girl thanks veteran Isaac Curtis Phillips for his service during the Battle of the Bulge's 73rd Anniversary parade in Bastogne, Dec. 16, 2017. U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Soldiers, leaders, and community members, from young to old, participated in the anniversary events. VIEW ORIGINAL 2 / 7 Vince Speranza, a World War II infantryman who served in the Battle of the Bulge, salutes during a wreath-laying ceremony at Gen. George Patton's memorial during the battle's 73rd An-niversary parade Dec. 16, 2017, in Bastogne, Belgium. VIEW ORIGINAL 3 / 7 The USAG Benelux formation walks by the city hall of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge's 73rd Anniversary parade in Bastogne, Dec. 16, 2017. VIEW ORIGINAL 4 / 7 From left to right: Army Spc. Douglas Lanning, Sgt. Ryan Boxberger, Spc. Carl Brown, Spc. Cole Martin and Sgt. Erik Ramirez serve as the color guard for U.S. Army Garrison Benelux during the Battle of the Bulge's 73rd Anniversary parade Dec. 16, 2017, in Bastogne, Belgium. VIEW ORIGINAL 5 / 7 The 40th Bastogne Historic Walk brings the participants in the footsteps of the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge anniversary , Dec. 16, 2017, in Bastogne, Belgium. VIEW ORIGINAL 6 / 7 From left to right: Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Matthew Lussenhop, Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of the United States to the King-dom of Belgium and Helen Patton, grand-daughter of Gen. Patton, attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Gen. George Patton's memorial during the Battle of the Bulge's 73rd Anniversary parade Dec. 16, 2017, in Bastogne, Belgium. VIEW ORIGINAL 7 / 7 Special guests throw nuts off the city hall's balcony during the Battle of the Bulge's 73rd Anniversary commemoration Dec. 16, 2017, in Bastogne, Belgium. VIEW ORIGINAL
CHIÈVRES, Belgium -- People from around the world gathered in Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 16 to 17, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Soldiers, leaders, and community members, from young to old, participated in the anniversary events. In the morning, people braved the cold weather and walked in the 40th Bastogne Historic Walk.
In the afternoon, commemorations continued as a patriotic parade took place on the town streets. Along the parade route, distinguished guests and leaders laid wreaths at Army Gen. George Patton and Army Gen. Anthony McAuliffe's squares. The official commemoration culminated in a nut-throwing ceremony outside city hall, which is a nod to McAuliffe's famous response to a German surrender ultimatum during the famous battle. In addition to the commemoration events in Bastogne, several scouts from Pack 457 in Brussels participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Château de Recogne, the German Military Cemetery, located outside Foy, Belgium. RELATED STORIES July 19, 2018 Small-caliber ammo plant gets new leader July 18, 2018 Gibbs reflects on time as leader of the Corps' Los Angeles District July 18, 2018 New leaders take command across MICC July 17, 2018 AMCOM Special Operations aviation leader honored with Presidential Rank award July 17, 2018 Aviation leaders talk readiness, plans for sustaining the fleet longer July 13, 2018 Presidential Rank award recognizes accomplishments of resource leader July 12, 2018 Beneath ROTC cadet's mild-mannered mask lies a goal-driven athlete, leader July 11, 2018 APS-2 Zutendaal talks support equipment with Belgium Land System Section July 5, 2018 Future generations of American leaders in Army Child Development Centers now July 2, 2018 National Guard leader applauds state's patriotism July 2, 2018 Army Contracting Leaders Change Command July 2, 2018 On 100-year anniversary, Australian and U.S. forces join up for Exercise Hamel June 29, 2018 RHC-P, Madigan celebrate Medical Service Corps' 101st anniversary June 28, 2018 Medical Service Celebrates 101st Anniversary with Cake Cutting June 27, 2018 Allied partners pay tribute on Berlin Airlift's 70th Anniversary June 26, 2018 Redstone community bids farewell to respected engineering leader