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2018 Battle of the Bulge Memorial Hike
December 15, 2018 @ 08:00 - 18:00
2018 Battle of the Bulge Memorial hike
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When: From 14/12/2018 to 16/12/2018
Organizer: City of Bastogne
Location: City of Bastogne
Categories of events: Commemorations, Holidays & Folklore, Event
Target audience: Everyone
Each year in early December, the Bastogne Historic Walk is held to commemorate the Battle of the Bulge and pay tribute to the thousands of soldiers that gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is typically held on the second or third Saturday of the month. Anywhere from 2500 to 3000 people typically attend the event including many reenactors dressed in period uniforms.
Walkers may choose 7-, 14- or 20-kilometer distances. The walk normally begins between 7 to 9 am at the Sports Center of Bastogne on Rue Gustave Delperdange. It is just outside the town, and it has ample parking for those arriving early. There is a mandatory charge for walker’s insurance (2017 – 6€). The fee includes a certificate from the city of Bastogne, a small souvenir map, a booklet and hot beverages along the route. Pre-registration and payment is strongly recommended, and refunds cannot be given The walk finishes in time for three wreath-laying ceremonies in the center of Bastogne.
The public is also invited to participate in a memorial parade, scheduled in the afternoon. The traditional nut-throwing from the town hall balcony is immediately afterward, a ceremony inspired by Gen. Anthony McAuliffe’s reply of “Nuts” to demands that his men, surrounded by German forces, surrender.