Here is the entrance gate to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. This is the final resting place for the many men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle of the Bulge.
This is the map of the Battle of the Bulge. I don’t about you, but I can’t make heads or tales of it.
The monument of remembrance.
The front door of the monument.
The French side of the monument.
They had a very small ceremony for veterans – a short speech and a playing of the national anthem. Debbie took a couple of pictures of me. I’m the old gray headed guy on the right. It was cold, but I did take off my fuzzy hat.
Oops! I had to check out something on my camera.
Inside the monument tower.
Here is a tomb of the unknown comrades in arms.
This is the grave of General George S. Patton. I have just read Bill O’Reilly’s book, “Killing Patton.” I wish I had read it before we took this trip. If you ever go on a trip to Germany or France, read all you can on WWII, or at least on the Battle of the Bulge. Your trip will mean a lot more to you.
Graves of the fallen.
I stitched together three photographs to make this panorama. I think it gives a pretty good idea of how many men we lost in this battle.
This is a quotation by General Eisenhower inscribed in these stones. “All who shall hereafter live in freedom will be here reminded that to these men and their comrades we owe a debt to be paid with grateful remembrance of their sacrifice, and with the high resolve for which they died shall live eternally.” – Dwight David Eisenhower.
These two walls contain the names of the unknowns. Since this wall was erected, a few have been identified by modern forensic science. They are the ones with the small dot beside their name.
On the way out of the memorial, I caught this airplane flying in the distance. Does this remind you of anything?
Our next excursion will be a short walking tour of Luxembourg.