Bastogne 2010

The Battle of the Bulge started on December 16th 1944. Hitler had convinced himself that the alliance between Britain, France and America in the Western sector of Europe was not strong and that a major attack and defeat would break up the alliance. Therefore, he ordered a massive attack against the Allies. The American forces Patterns 3rd Army were ill equipped, bad clothing, lack of supplies and ammunition.  It was estimated there were 70 to 89,000 American casualties, 19,000 died in this battle. 

Steven Speilberg and Tom Hanks took Stephen Ambrose book basing their hit series the BAND OF BROTHERS.  Portraying the experiences of Easy Company, a section of the 2nd Battalion, 506th parachute regiment, these were a part of  the 101st Airborne Division that fought and died there.  Being a fan of this series for many years, I loved the theme music.  When I realised there had been words written to this theme, I had to sing it. I began singing Requiem for a soldier,(Band of Brothers) almost 4 years ago. This wonderful song was the reason I was invited to go along and sing at, The Militaria Bastogne store and then other venues in Bastogne and throughout Europe. This is the 3rd Year I have been fortunate to be invited to sing in Bastogne, for the NUTS weekend, commemorating the Battle of the Bulge, singing every year at the Militaria Bastogne store and through them, I have been fortunate to have met so many people, especially veterans from 66 years ago from the 101st Airborne division and making many friends and fans along the way.  It was an honour this year to sing at the 101st Airborne Museum, meeting Vincent Speranza and Herbert Suerth, the Easy Company president.  I am sure the Museum when completed and the move of the Militaria store to the Museum in 2011 will be a huge success.

 We want to thank Marco, Hans’s and Marion, for all their hard work and organisation, as without their dedication we would not see these amazing veterans in Bastogne and keep their memories alive. We wish them every success.

 

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