posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 01:32 AM
Yesterday, King Albert of Belgium led a ceremony attended by hundreds of veterans and other officials commemorating the Battle of the Bulge. The Nazi
offensive took the allies by surprise when Hitler's panzer division created a bulge in the front lines deep into Belgian territory. It is estimated
that 19,000 Americans died in the six-week battle.
Belgium's King Albert yesterday was to lead US officials and war veterans in a 60th anniversary commemoration of Americans who died in the deadliest
single battle in US history -- the 1944 Battle of the Bulge.
The ceremony at the vast star-shaped Mardasson Memorial commemorates those who died in fighting off Nazi Germany's last offensive against allied
forces advancing toward Berlin.
The six-week Battle of the Bulge was the largest World War II land battle that US forces took part in.
King Albert -- joined by Dennis Hastert, speaker of the US House of Representatives, Tom Korologos, the US envoy to Belgium and hundreds of war
veterans -- will pay homage to 80,000 Americans who died or were wounded in fighting that also claimed 120,000 German lives.
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When the Nazi panzer divisions advanced into Belgian territory in December 1944, the US was taken completely by surprise. Chaos reigned until the
Allies could mount an effective counter-assault. Eventually, the Allies prevailed in the numbing cold, but not before an estimated 19,000 Americans
We should pause during the celebrations this year to remember the sacrifices of those who came before us and sacrificed so much that we can live our
lives in relative safety and with such bounty.
At the same time, we should remember that today we have servicemen around the world sacrificing their lives for the same principles and ideals.
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