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MEMORIAL DAY IN BELGIUM: WEEKEND OF 25-30 MAY 2017

Memorials and Monuments in Belgium

Across Belgium, there are certainly dozens, and perhaps hundreds, of historical markers and monuments to the Americans who liberated Belgium twice in the twentieth century. When you visit one of the cemeteries or one of the museums, ask the people who work there to point you to some markers or monuments in the neighborhood. Also, pay attention as you are driving down country roads in the Ardennes where the Battle of the Bulge was fought. You are likely to stumble along a monument along the way. Here are just a few:

First World War

  • Audenarde Monument, in the city of Oudenaarde
  • Kemmel Monument, near Ieper
  • Ohio Bridge, near Oudenaarde
  • King Albert Memorial, Nieuwport (The US 27th, 30th, 37th and 91th Divisions fought in an Army Group under the overall command of King Albert of Belgium during the last two months of the war.)

Second World War

Most of the monuments to American servicemen are from the Second World War.  Below we've listed them by the community in which they can be found if you are in the area of one of these towns.

Arlon
  • Memorial to General Patton.  Location:  Place Astrid
  • M10 Tank Destroyer.  Location:  Place Léopold

Aubel
  • Monument in honor of the 30th Division.  Location: center of the town.
  • Memorial Stone in honor of the 1st, 30th, and 99th Infantry Divisions.  Location:  center of town.

Baraque de Fraiture
  • Monument at Parker's Crossroads. Major Parker's 589th Field Artillery Battalion's "Alamo defense" of this crossroad from the Nazis denied them an important supply route between 19 and 23 December 1944.  There?s also a Howitzer 105 mm artillery piece. Location:  off of the N20
Bastogne and Surrounding Villages
  • Mardasson Monument:  The principle monument commemorating the Battle of the Bulge, Location:  Mardasson, next to the Bastogne War Museum
  • Eagle Sculpture in honor of the 101st Airborne Division, Location:  Mardasson
  • Plaque to the 10th Armored Division.  Location:  On the road leading to Mardasson
  • Monument to General McAuliffe, acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge, Location:  Place McAuliffe
  • Plaque to the 4th, 10th, and 11th Armored Division.  Location:  Place McAuliffe 
  • Sherman Tank of the 11th Armored (Thunderbolt) Division, Location:  Place McAuliffe
  • Plaque in honor of the 512, 513, and 514 Squadrons of the 406th Fighter Group, Location:  Place McAuliffe
  • Monument to General George S. Patton, Location:  Place Merceny
  • Plaque commemorating René Lemaire, the "Angel of Bastogne? a Belgian nurse who while treating wounded American soldiers when a bomb hit her aid station, Location:  rue du Neufchateau (in front of what is today a Chinese Restaurant)
  • Plaque commemorating 13 American soldiers of the HQ Company, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division who were killed on 5 January 1945 when their truck hit a land mine, Location:  Institut Notre Dame Séminaire
  • Statute of a GI.  Location:  Maison Communal
  • Boix de la Paix dedicated to the American veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.  Each tree is named for the veterans who returned to Bastogne in 1994, Location:  Bizory
  • Monument in honor of the E Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (The Band of Brothers), Location:  at the Bois Jacques, near Foy
  • Memorial Stone commemorating the Native American code talkers who served in the Battle of the Bulge, Location:   at the Bison Farm in Recogne
  • Monument in honor of Team Desorby that valiantly defended the road to Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.  Nearby is a plaque in honor of then Major (and later Lt. General) William R. Desorby, Location:  near the church in Noville
  • Monument marking the location of the original American military cemetery immediately after the war, Location:  Recogne
  • Plaque in honor of the 4th Infantry Division.  Nearby is a plaque in honor of 1st Lt. Charles Boggess, who commanded C Company of the 37th Tank Battalion, that liberated the town, Location:  Assenois
  • Plaque in honor of the meeting point of the 4th Armored Division and the 101st Airborne Division that broke the siege of the Battle for Bastogne.  There's a pillbox nearby.  Location:  Assenois in the Zoning Industriel
  • Plaque erected by the veterans of the 463rd Parachute Field Artillery Battalion of the 101st Airborne Divison to the citizens of Hemroulle who gave the soldiers their white bed sheets to camouflage them during the Battle of the Bulge, Location:  Hemroulle
  • Memorial to Ernest Glessener, the first GI killed in Bastogne on 10 September 1944 after destroying a German tank.  Location:  rue de Neufchateau, near the N4
  • Memorial to the 17th Airborne Division.  Location:  Flamierge
  • Turrets of Sherman tanks surround the city on the N15 (to Neufchateau), N4 (to Marche), N34 (to Houffalize), N474 (to Longvilly), N84 (to Wiltz), N4 (to Martelange)
Baugnez:  See Malmedy.

Beffe

  • Sherman tank dedicated to Col. Hogan of the 771th Tank Battalion, 2nd Armored Division (Spearhead Division).  Location:  center of town

Büllingen
  • Monument to the 1st Infantry Division.  Location:  traffic circle on the road from Büllingen to Bütgenbach

Bütgenbach
  • Memorial stone remembering the fact that General Eisenhower spent several days in this town in December of 1944.  Location:  center of town

Champlon (Tenneville)
  • Plaque commemorating the friendship of a patrol of the Scottish Fifth Queens?s Own Cameron Highlanders which encountered an American soldier of the 87th Infantry Division.  Location:  Champlon (Tenneville) Maison du Ski
Cheneux
  • Memorial Stone for the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division (All American Division).  Location:  center of the village.

Comblain-la-Tour
  • Monument to the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion.  Location:  at the bottom of the hill leading to the grave of PFC Joseph Farina.

Dochamps
  • Memorial Stone to the 84th Infantry Division (the Rail Splitters) and the 2nd Armored Division (Hell on Wheels) that liberated the town on 7 January 1945.  Location:  center of town

Cheneux (La Gleize)
  • Monument to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  Location:  near the church

Eupen
  • Monument to the 1st Infantry Division.  Location:  Place de l'Amérique

Fléron
  • Memorial to the 3rd Armored Division.  Location:  Traffic circle where the rue de Magnée and the rue de la Ligne 38 intersect.
Forge à la Plez
  • Memorial Stone to 2 members of the 289th Infantry Regiment of the 75th US Infantry Division
Fosse
  • Memorial Plaque to I Company of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division (All American Division.)  Location:  Sur le Meez
Grand Halleux
  • Plaque honoring the 291st Infantry Regiment of the 75th Infantry Division.  Location:  the wall of the church
Grand Sart
  • Memorial to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 83nd Airborne Divisoin (All American Division).  Location:  Grand Sart
Grandmenil
  • Monument to the 75th Infantry Division and the 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead Division).  Location:  Intersection of the roads to Erzee and Manhay
  • Place to the 95th Field Artillery Battalion.  Location:  Intersection of the roads to Erzee and Manhay
  • Memorial Stone to the 238th Engineer Combat Battalion.  Location:  rue de Erezée

Henri-Chapelle (Welkenraedt)
  • Monument to the 1st Infantry Division.  Location:  on the N3 just outside of the village
Hollogne
  • Plaque in honor of E Company, 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Division.  Location:  route de Bastogne.
Hotton
  • Plaque in honor of the 51st Engineer Combat Battalion.  Location:  the bridge over the River Ourthe

Houffalize
  • Monument to the link up between the US 1st and 3rd Armies on 16 January 1945.  Location:  center of town
  • Memorial Stone to 2 MPs of the 518 MP Battalion killed on 19 December 1944  Location:  rue de Bastogne

Krinkelt
  • Memorial to the 2nd Infantry Division (The Indian Head Division).  Location:  Krinkelt, near the church
  • Memorial to the 99th Infantry Division (the Battle Babies).  Location:  center of town
La Chapelle
  • Plaque to the 551st Parachute Infantry Regiment and LTC Wood Joerg. Location:  on the wall of the church

La Roche-en-Ardenne
  • Plaque commemorating the meeting of a tank patrol attached to the 84th Infantry Division and Scotts of the 51st Highland Division.  Location:  the center of the town
  • Sherman Tank that participated in the liberation of La Roche and the surrounding communities.  Location:  at the side of the river in the center of the town

Lanzerath
  • Monument to all soldiers (American and German) who fought there at the opening of the Battle of the Bulge on the 16th of December 1944.  Location:  Lanzerath Hill
Liege
  • Plaque to the 56th General Hospital US Army.  Location:  Caserne Fonck
  • Plaque to the 28th General Hospital US Army.  Location:  Caserne Chartreuse
  • Plaque to the 15th General Hospital US Army.  Location:  Caserne St. Lambert
Lienne
  • Monument to 2nd Platoon, Company A, 291 Combat Engineer Battalion.  Location:  at the bridge
Lierneux
  • Plaque to General James Gavin.  Location:  Bra
  • Plaques to the 82nd Airborne Division and to the 551st Parachute Infantry Regiment.  Location:  inside the Maison Communal

Lingueville
  • Monument to the massacre of American POWs by the Nazis.  Location:  center of town

Longchamps
  • Memorial to the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.  Location:  the center of town

Malempré
  • Plaque honoring the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division (All American Division) and the 3rd, 7th, and 9th Armored Divisions.  Location:  the wall of the church

Malmedy
  • Monument to the massacre of American POWs by the Nazis.  Location:  Baugnez, near the Baugnez 1944 Museum
  • Monument to the American soldiers who liberated the city in September 1944 and who defended the city in December 1944.  Location:  on the left side of the cathedral
  • Monument to the 99th Infantry Division (the Battle Babys).  Location:  av. De Norwege

Manhay
  • Memorial Stone in honor of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division (All American Division).  Location:  near the Maison Communal

Marche-en-Famenne
  • Plaque commemorating the fact that the city never fell in the Battle of the Bulge due to the determined resistance of the 84th Infantry Division (the Rail Splitters).  Location:  rue de Commerce
  • Plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.  Location:  Verdenne
Marcq-lez-Enghien
Melines-Soy
  • Monument to the 517th Parachute Regiment.  Location:  Quatre Bras intersection
  • Memorial to 2nd Lt. George Connealy and his men of the 335th Regiment of the 84th Division who were killed on 3 January 1945 at the beginning of the counter-offensive in the Battle of the Bulge.  Location:  Melines-Soy road
  • Memorial to Corporal John Shields of the 23rd Armored Division killed there on 21 December 1944. Nearby is also a memorial cross in his honor..  Location:  Melines-Soy road
  • Monument to the 2nd Armored Division, 3rd Armored Division, 75th Infantry Division, and 84th Infantry Division which all fought in the area during the war.  Location:  Melines-Soy road

Meyerode
  • Monument to Eric Fisher Wood.  50 years before the movie Rambo, Eric Fisher Wood was the real thing, fighting a one-man war deep in enemy territory during the Battle of the Bulge, costing the Nazis a great deal of men, equipment and time.  Location:  in the middle of the forest near Meyerode

Neufmoulin
  • Monument to the 291st Combat Engineer Battalion.  Location:  On the side of the bridge
  • Plaque in honor of the 30th Infantry Division (the Old Hickory Division).  Location:  the wall of the church

Neuville-en-Condroz (Neupré)
  • Plaque in honor of the Americans who are buried at the nearby Ardennes American Cemetery.  Location:  On the wall of the church

Rabozee-Bailonville
  • Plaque in honor of the 327the Field Artillery Battalion of the 84th Infantry Division (The Rail Splitters).  Location:  rue de la Chapelle

Rochefort
  • Monument to the 335 Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division (The Rail Splitters).  Location:  Intersection of the roads to St. Hubert-Dinant-Marche-Han

Rochelinval
  • Monument to the 551st Parachute Infantry Regiment.  Location:  Moulin de Rochelinval

Saint Hubert
  • Plaque in honor of the 87th Infantry Division (Golden Acorn Division) that liberated Saint Hubert.  Location:  Maison Communal on the Place du Marche
  • Plaque in remembrance of Ernest Hemmingway who stayed in Saint Hubert in December of 1944.  Location:  Place du Marche 18
Saint Jacques
  • Plaque in honor of the 517th and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiments.  Location:  next to the church

Saint Vith
  • Memorial stone in honor of the 2nd Infantry Division (The Indian Head Division).  Location:  Alte Aachenstrasse
  • Plaque in honor of the 7th Armored Division.  Location:  Maison Communal
  • Monument to the 106th Infantry Division.  Location:  center of town
  • Monument to the 168th Combat Engineer Battalion that received both the Distinguished Unit Citation from the President of the United States and the Croix de la Guerre from Belgium.  Location:  Prumerberg

Stavelot
  • Memorial Stone in honor of the 526the Armored Infantry Battalion, the 835th Tank Destroyer Battalion, and the 291st Combat Engineers Battalion.  Location:  Chemin du Chateau
  • Plaque in honor of the 30th Infantry Division (Old Hickory Division).  Location:  at the old abbey
  • Monument to the 112th Infantry Regiment of the 28th Infantry Division.  Location:  Spineux
  • Monument to the 12 members of the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion massacred by the Nazis 17 December 1944.  Location:  Vaux-Richard

Trois Ponts
  • Plaque in honor of Company C, 51st Combat Engineer Battalion.  Location:  on the side of the bridge
  • Monument to the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division (All American Division).  Location:  center of town

Vielsalm

  • Monument to the 7th Armored Division.  Nearby is a Sherman tank.  Location:  center of town

Villers-la-Bonne Eau
  • Monument to the 35th Infantry Division (Santa Fe Division).  Location:   center of town

Werbomont
  • Monument to the 82nd Airborne Division (All American Division).  Location:  Place Capitaine Lespagnard

Wereth
  • Memorial to the 11 African-American soldiers tortured to death by the Nazis on 17 December 1944.  Location:  just outside the village

Wibrin
  • A Sherman tank from the war.  Location:  center of town

AOMDA would like to thank Mr. J.S. Vanhoutte who contributed substantially to this list.  We have a long-term goal of recording the location of all of the moments to American servicemen in Belgium. If you find one that is not on this list above, we would be grateful if you could tell us about it (i.e. where it is, who it is dedicated to, etc.). Let us know by sending an email to contact@aomda.org. We will add  this information to this website.