Pelosi, Bipartisan Delegation Conclude Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of Battle of the Bulge

December 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement at the conclusion of the bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Belgium and Luxembourg to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge:

“On our final day of our visit to honor our Battle of the Bulge heroes, we joined European allies at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who braved weeks of bitter winter 75 years ago to liberate Europe.  We were honored to join King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and other diplomatic and military leaders from the U.S. and allied nations.

“In an afternoon ceremony at Luxembourg American Cemetery, we paid our respects to the thousands of American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy.  It was an esteemed privilege to do so with our distinguished Battle of the Bulge veterans, and with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.

“We are grateful to the Mayor of Bastogne Benoit Lutgen, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Ronald Gidwitz and U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg J. Randolph Evans for making the days of remembrance so extraordinary for our veterans.

“This solemn remembrance on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge will forever be etched into the hearts and minds of our distinguished Congressional Delegation.  Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the heroic men and valiant women who served during World War II that can never be repaid but must always be remembered.”