In Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary
of the Battle of the Bulge
December 11, 2014
On December 16, 1944, the Battle of the Bulge began on the Western Front of World War II, and lasted until January 25, 1945, inflicting heavy casualties. During the Siege of Bastogne, despite overwhelming odds, U.S. Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe responded to a request to surrender the town with the one word answer, “Nuts!” This marked the turning point of the Battle of the Bulge for the American troops and on December 30, 1944, General McAuliffe was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General Patton for his actions at Bastogne.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the American Club of Brussels invites you to “Nuts!” Night to remember the courage and indomitable spirit of those who sacrificed so much during the Battle of the Bulge. The event features a commemoration ceremony honoring all those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice in order to lay the groundwork for the peace, freedom and friendship we now enjoy.
In the spirit of reconciliation and friendship, the ceremony will include U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denise Campbell Bauer and representatives of all those affected by the Battle of the Bulge – the Germans, the city of Bastogne, and veterans – friends, allies and former foes who now all stand united as we build on the lessons of the past and address the challenges of the future together.
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014.
Time: Registration and drinks at 7 p.m. Ceremony begins at 7:45 p.m., followed by a three-course dinner including wine and water. Cash bar available after dinner. The SHAPE International Band will provide period music throughout the evening.
Place: Brussels Marriott Hotel, Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Brussels. Public parking is available in the area.
Dress: Black tie or dress uniform preferred.
Price: €80. For active military personnel: the € equivalent of $80 (€62) and a one-year free membership in the ACB (value: €140).
Sign up: Reservations should be made by Monday, December 1 by email to email@example.com, online at www.americanclubbrussels.org, or by telephone to the ACB Office Manager (0476/996.870). Payment to ACB at BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB) will confirm your reservation. Be sure to mention “Nuts!” in the communications section of the virement. Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, December 1. Cancellations after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.
Hotel Reservations: For attendees who wish to spend the night in Brussels, the Brussels Marriott Hotel is offering a special room rate of €89 per night per single room and €109 for a double room including a full American breakfast buffet and Internet. City tax is not included in the above room rate. Please register directly with the hotel by November 20 via Book your group rate: American Club of Brussels