The Inauguration of the new 101st Airborne and Attached Units Memorial
September 26th, 2008, Bastogne.
Location : the new Memorial is just in front of the Bastogne
Historical Centre, just beside the Mardasson Monument.
That Friday September 26th was a fine day, very chilly, but dry. It
was a nice ceremony and the Ft Campbell KY Color Guard was outstanding !
The ceremony consisted of several speeches, the inauguration, the presentation of the Godfathers and Godmothers for the monument, the consecration of the monument, it was all there.
After the ceremony, the Honorable Mr. Sam Fox, US Ambassador in Belgium, invited us at the Premiere of a movie made by the Embassy in cooperation with the Belgian Department of Foreign Affairs, showing the 'Bridges' between Belgium and the USA, from the late Middle Ages over the emigration : ships sailing from Antwerp on the Red Star Line to Ellis Island, then WWI and WWII, the Marshall Plan, etc... a very nice movie I must say.
Below are some pictures of that particular day !
The monument in the making :
I had the opportunity to see the Monument while it was being made.
Early in the morning, the Memorial is still unveiled...
Past, Present and Future
Left of Mayor Philippe Collard and Mr. Robert Clam is
the sculptor of the Memorial, Mr. Robert REMACLE.
The Consecration and Benediction of the Monument by
dean Mr. Jean-Maurice JACQUES.
The Monument at night.