- Starts: 21/09/2019 9:00 am
- Ends: 22/09/2019 6:00 pm
On 21 and 22 September 2019, Ettelbruck will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Luxembourg and of the city of Ettelbruck.
Programme of the celebrations:
16/09/2019 – 22/09/2019 :
Photo exhibition in the festival hall of the municipality with explanations from eyewitnesses
Opening of the ceremonies in the pedestrian zone
Concert by the Grand Ducal Philharmonic Ettelbruck
Exhibition of historical WWII vehicles in the surroundings of the pedestrian zone, about:
Liberation of the city of Ettelbruck in September 1944 and during the Battle of the Bulge
Commemorative ceremony at the “Monument aux Morts”
Ceremony at the General Patton Monument – Patton Square
Military parade of historical WWII vehicles
Concert in the pedestrian zone
The General Patton Memorial Museum in Ettelbruck was inaugurated in 1995. The museum is dedicated to General George Patton, commander of the 3rd US Army, whose troops liberated the town in December 1944. More than 1,000 photographs and documents are displayed relating to the German invasion, as well as weapons and pieces of equipment discovered on the Ardennes battlefield.
In December 1944, when the Allies had advanced unto the Belgian Ardennes, they were completely surprised by three German armies. This was the beginning of the Ardennes Offensive or ‘Battle of the Bulge’. It was a last desperate attempt of the German Wehrmacht to cut through the allied lines. The battle lasted more than six weeks and took many lives on both sides.