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Flag of Friendship Ceremony St. Vith

The town of St. Vith suffered heavily in the Battle of the Bulge. Being in the front lines of the offensive from 16 December 1944 till 23 January 1945 it was subjected to endless shelling and aerial bombing, causing almost total destruction. The 106th had its division headquarters in the town and its units took part in the valiant defense of the town. In 1960 a monument was created by the Division Association in the Klosterstrasse, near where the old headquarters building once stood.

Since 2012 the 106th Inf. Div. Association “Bulge Chapter” has organized an annual commemorative event under the name “Flag of Friendship Ceremony”. This ceremony honors the service and sacrifice of the veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. A symbolic folded American flag is offered to a person who has shown great support to the veterans and their history.
Vintage WWII vehicles will be present as a backdrop at the commemoration and the presence of a US military honor guard and German military detachment has been requested. The ceremony will include a wreath laying and live performance of the national anthems. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony.
This FOF ceremony marks the eight annual event and is supported by the City of St. Vith as part of the official schedule of commemorations. Several WWII veterans and their family members will take part.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

Time – This ceremony will follow an earlier event in the nearby village of Schönberg. Arrival of the attendees is expected around 1100 hours, with the ceremony starting soon after.

Parking – The lot of the Bischöfliche Schule/Technisches Institut St. Vith (located directly behind the monument) will be made available for the event. The Klosterstrasse will be temporarily closed during the ceremony, with traffic diverted through An der Höhe street.

Flag of Friendship Ceremony St. Vith