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 October 19, 2018 Soldiers of Fort Benning run in celebration of 100th anniversary of Camp Benning's establishment October 17, 2018 Last birthday cake for 20th CBRNE Command on APG South October 17, 2018 Nimble Titan - Experimentation with collective integrated air and missile defense October 15, 2018 Fort Riley, 97th Military Police Battalion, welcome new leader October 12, 2018 BACH recognizes Fort Campbell physician assistants during PA Week October 12, 2018 Remembering the liberation of Petite-Chapelle 100 years ago October 12, 2018 Benelux community observes National Hispanic Heritage Month October 5, 2018 Grayson Lake Celebrates 50 Years October 4, 2018 Electronic warfare career field welcomed into cyber branch September 25, 2018 Community invited to LRMC 65th Anniversary Open House September 21, 2018 Car accidents in Belgium: What to know September 20, 2018 WIP tracking approaches first anniversary at ANAD September 14, 2018 101-year-old former warrior, Fort Knox commander dies September 12, 2018 Community members observe 9/11 anniversary during wreath-laying ceremony September 10, 2018 APS-2 Zutendaal talks support equipment with Belgium Land System Section