- Rue de Neufchâteau 2, 6600 Bastogne, Belgium
The McAuliffe Memorial in Bastogne is dedicated to the memory of General McAuliffe, defender of the city in 1944. The monument was carved by Miss Silvercruys, sister of the Belgian Ambassador to the US at the time. The work was inaugurated by the General in person. In 1947, the square where the memorial is standing was renamed McAuliffe Square.
Organised by the Town of Bastogne, the commemoration is a patriotic procession that brings together veterans, brotherhoods, dignitaries, students, Belgian and American military platoons and veterans and includes the laying of two wreaths. The ‘Jet de Noix’ from the balcony of the Town Hall brings the commemoration to a close. Free admission.
Over the weekend, the museum will host a book sale/exchange for war books and historical documents as well as displaying static WWII reconstructions around the building. On Sunday, the public will be able to meet several veterans. Free admission.
Roughly a hundred military vehicles of the time and today will parade in the Grand’rue (main street). An event organised by the city in collaboration with the WHI. A static exhibition of these same vehicles will also be on display in the Quartier Latin. Free admission.
From Dec. 13th to Dec. 15th, the village of Bizory hosts an airfield where you can discover the legendary Piper planes. Aerodrome will be open from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. The entrance is free.