Bastogne, Belgium, September 9th, 2007
by Roger Marquet, 
11th Armored Associate Member

During the celebration of the Belgian Patrimony Days (Sept.8th and 9th, 2007), the students of the School of Foy, Bastogne, performed a short play for the hundreds of people visiting the


Foy school children presenting Patrimony Days play at Foy Memorial Monument.

Foy American Memorial. As a reminder, the Foy American Memorial is a monument dedicated to the American Temporary Military Cemetery. It was situated in Foy from 1945 to 1948 and contained 2.701 corpses of American soldiers KIA during the Battle of the Bulge. The monument was made possible by the Group COBRA and the City of Bastogne. The children, ages 10 to 12, were dressed in the same way as their grandparents in 1945, explained the speaker talking about the monumentís symbolism.


Foy school children with teacher Renee Massen at Foy Temporary American Cemetery Memorial Monument.

The text was written by Roger Marquet, and the director was the teacher Renee Massen. The children performed 6 times on Saturday and 6 times on Sunday. They did one more show on September 10th, for the celebration of the anniversary of the first liberation of Bastogne in 1944, in the presence of the Bastogne city officials and the Belgian Veterans Association representatives.

Every spectator enjoyed the show and found it a great way to keep memories alive. 

Thank you and congratulations to these children and their teachers !

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