Visit a museum or monument
Whether you live in Belgium or are just visiting, there is much to see and do when it comes to remembering the sacrifice of those who died for the liberation of Europe. Visit one of the many museums that bring the past to life, or explore the countryside for memorials and monuments of interest.
There are dozens of museums dedicated to the First and Second World Wars in Belgium. Below are a few recommendations about museums to visit, or discover a list of monuments and memorials:
On 4 November 2018, the US 37th Infantry Division pushed across the River Scheldt, puncturing one of of the German Army's last lines of defense. Since the soldiers of the "Buckeye Division" were mostly from Ohio, this bridge was built in their honor when it was reconstructed following the war.
Monument to the 13 American soldiers of I Company who lost their lives in the liberation of Fosse on 3 January 1945.
The "Alamo defense" of Major Arthur C. Parker's 589th Field Artillery Battalion at this crossroad denied the Nazis an important supply route between 19 and 23 December 1944. There's monumnet includes a Howitzer 105 mm artillery piece.
The library of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is a tribute to America’s role in the relief and liberation of Belgium in WWI. The building is adorned with various symbols and inscriptions related to America, such as this one in Latin above the front door: “SANGVINIS AMERICI BELGII LIBERATIONIS CAUSA PROFVSI RECORDATIONI PERENNI." (As a lasting memorial to the American blood that was shed for the liberation of Belgium.)
Located in the center of Aubel, this monument commemorates the three American Infantry Divisions that liberated the area during the war.
The Mardasson Memorial was constructed with funds donated from Belgian private citizens to honor the Americans who liberated them during the Battle of the Bulge.
Located at the Mardasson Memoiral in Bastogne, this monument commemorates the men of the 101st Airborn Division who defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. The sculptor was Robert Remacle and it was innagurated in 2008. The sotry of Private Dennis McKeen inspired Remacle to create the sculpture. McKeen is commemorated on the Wall of the Missing at the Ardennes American Cemetery. See the Eagle Monument's website for more information.