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DEC 16

75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge Commemoration

Join park rangers from Eisenhower National Historic Site in person in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, or online via Facebook Live, on December 16 as they commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

Eisenhower wrote that the German offensive in the Ardennes was a time when, “the grand strategy and the high hopes of high command became a soldiers’ war, sheer courage, and the instinct for survival.” From Malmedy to Bastogne, American soldiers fought bravely and rose, “to new heights of courage, of resolution and of effort.” The Battle of the Bulge was the costliest battle for American forces in all of World War II. Nearly one in every ten American combat casualties during the war fell between December 1944 and January 1945. The fighting in the Battle of the Bulge exemplified the perseverance of the American soldier, causing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to remark it as "undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war...."

On the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Axis assault, join park rangers to remember some of the American soldiers who gave the last full measure of devotion while repulsing the last great German war offensive. The hour-long program begins just inside the Taneytown Road entrance to the Gettysburg National Cemetery. If you cannot make it in person, join us virtually online at https://www.facebook.com/EisenhowerNPS/ for a live-stream version of the tour.

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