Honor them. Remember them. So many ways!
Whether you live in Belgium or are just visiting, there is much to see and do when it comes to remembering the sacrifice of those who died for the liberation of Europe. Visit one of the many museums that bring the past to life, or explore the countryside for memorials and monuments of interest.
Twice in the twentieth century, the United States of America and its allies liberated the Kingdom of Belgium from the horrors of foreign occupation and oppression. During World War I, the doughboys fighting in Belgium overcame the German trenches in the face of machine guns, poison gas, flame throwers and heavy artillery. The largest battle in American military history was fought on Belgian soil during World War II. Over 600,000 Americans were engaged in the Battle of the Bulge from December 1944 to January 1945, and they suffered over 80,000 casualties. In addition, it must not be forgotten that hundreds of thousands of Americans served in Belgium during the over forty years of the Cold War, keeping Belgium safe from invasion by the Warsaw Pact.
Belgians remembers the sacrifice of the Americans who fought and died for their freedom. Hundreds of memorials and monuments, large and small, public and private, dot the cities and countryside to honor the Americans who fought for the liberation of Belgium. Dozens of museums perpetuate the memory of their sacrifice.
Also discover these fellow organizations that honor the sacrifice of Americans who died overseas in the cause for freedom:
- The American Battle Monuments Commission
- The United States Embassy to Belgium
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission