Remarks at Wereth Massacre Memorial Ceremony

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at Wereth Massacre Memorial Ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 Seventy-five years ago today, where we now stand, 11 African-American soldiers were murdered during the earliest days of the Battle of the Bulge. Cut off behind enemy lines after a barrage of heavy fire from the Germans, these 11 soldiers struck out, hoping ...
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Remarks at Malmedy Massacre Memorial Ceremony

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at Malmedy Massacre Memorial Ceremony Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 As grim as war can be, some moments are more searing – and more disheartening – than others. Today we’ve come together – here – to remember such a day. That day unfolded 75 years ago, right where we stand, and in the ...
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Remarks at City of Bastogne Reception

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at City of Bastogne Reception Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 Mayor Lutgen, Prime Minister Wilmès, Madame Speaker, Senator Boozman, Congressional delegation members, citizens of Bastogne, dear Belgian friends, and American colleagues – I’m very happy to be with you all tonight as a guest of the Mayor of the City of Bastogne. I ...
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Remarks at Battle of the Bulge Veterans Lunch

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at the Battle of the Bulge Veterans Lunch Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 I’m so pleased to be here today to welcome all of you to the inaugural event of our multi-day commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. And also, to celebrate the completion of the first phase ...
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Remarks at Grave of Volunteer Nurse Augusta Chiwy

Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks at the Grave of Volunteer Nurse Augusta Chiwy Bastogne, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 Friends and guests, please allow me to express my thanks to you for the honor of speaking at Augusta Chiwy’s grave here today. Those who learn her story come to view Augusta as equal parts hero and inspiration. She ...
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Battle of the Bulge Veteran Vince Speranza and the 101st Airborne Division

During the Battle of the Bulge the 101st Airborne Division turned the tide of war. The division was surrounded, but they survived and fought in terrible conditions, holding the city of Bastogne. We were honored to meet with a 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) who are in Bastogne to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. #75yearsliberation #NeverForget #Bastogne75 #WeAreAllies ...
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Phase One of the Mardasson Memorial renovation completed thanks to American private donors

December 04 – The first phase of  the restoration of the Mardasson Memorial is complete, just in time for the key ceremonies set to take place in Bastogne for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The U.S. Embassy announced the launch of the renovation project on October 1, which included extensive cleaning ...
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To mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium and Battle of the Bulge, we are uncovering stories of heroism, and of the friendships forged from our shared American and Belgian sacrifices. We took our cameras on the road to gather WW2 testimonials from soldiers and families, who share their personal stories from the ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Restoration of Bastogne’s Mardasson Memorial

October 1, 2019 – To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the sacrifices of American armed forces during World War II, and the generosity of the Belgian people, the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium announced the launch of a project to restore the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne, Belgium. U.S. ...
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Ambassador Gidwitz Remarks in Monceau-Imbrechies

Ambassador Gidwitz’s Remarks 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Belgium Monceau-Imbrechies Monday, September 2, 2019   Mr. Mayor, members of the city council, veterans, service members, dear friends – It’s truly an honor to be here today to commemorate the liberation of Belgium 75 years ago and to remember all those who fought and died ...
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Ambassador Gidwitz remarks at 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Mons

Ambassador Gidwitz’s remarks 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Mons in the Second World War Sunday, September 1, 2019 Chers Montois et Chères Montoises, c’est un grand honneur d’être parmi vous aujourd’hui. I’d like to thank Mayor Martin, the City of Mons, the War Heritage Institute, our friends from SHAPE, and all the museum staff ...
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Ambassador Gidwitz at the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crash of the “Picklepuss”

Ambassador Ronald J. Gidwitz’s Remarks at the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the Crash of the “Picklepuss” August 17, 2018 Montzen, Plombières, Belgium Mayor Wimmer, Marcel and Mathilde, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honor to be with you here today. On my way to Plombieres, I visited the cemeteries of Ardennes and Henri-Chapelle to pay ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Matthew R. Lussenhop on U.S. – Belgian Defense Cooperation

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Catholic University of Louvain-la- Neuve Good afternoon, et merci beaucoup de votre attention aujourd’hui. It is a pleasure to be in Louvain-la- Neuve today. This is my first visit, and I look forward to spending more time here and visiting your new museum. Today I would like to talk about the ...
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