The city of Luxembourg has been the official residence of the Grand Dukes since 1839 when William II, King of Holland and Grand Duke of Luxembourg lived there.
The beautiful Petrusse Valley is fortified with beautiful parks, terraced gardens and promenades where just under them, fortifications dating back to 1644 and the Spanish era still remain. Out of the 180 hectares back then, 20 km of the underground dugouts are still accessible.
Morning sun shines down on the 5,076 American military men and one woman, an Army nurse, who lost their lives in service to their country during the German counteroffensive from December 16, 1944-March 21, 1945.
The sacred, 50.5 acres are beautifully kept under the American Battle Monuments Commission. There is a peacefulness in the surroundings knowing those who fought to keep us free are remembered and taken care of by those who tour the site and those who dedicate themselves to keeping their final resting place so pristine.
There are 4,958 Latin Crosses, 118 Stars of David, 371 Missing in Action, 101 Unknowns, 22 Sets of Brothers all laying to rest here...and overseeing all of them is one of the greatest soldiers in history, General George S. Patton, Jr. commander of the Third U.S. Army. He lies with a similar Latin Cross marker as his men, between two flag poles in front of the Memorial.
It was an honor to be here and pay my silent respect to those whom I've never met but gave me the freedom to pursue my life and my liberties afforded to me by their sacrifice.