RETURN TO EUROPE - SEPTEMBER 2004
60th Anniversary of the Liberation of France & Belgium
A trip sponsored by the 3rd Armored Division
A Small Slice of a Busy Tour
||A special thanks to Aurio Pierro,
Bill Heinz, and Henri Rogister, who supplied these photos. Henri is from Liege, Belgium, and a long-time friend of the Division.
2004 PASSENGER LIST & ITINERARY
September 8 - 20, 2004
Tour Director: John O'Brien
Frank, Jo Ann
- Abridged -
Belgium, France & Germany
| Sept. 8th
- Leave: JFK New York - Delta Airlines.
- Arrive: Brussels Holiday Inn - Brussels Airport.
- Balance of day at leisure. Welcome cocktail
| 10th Fri.
- Depart by private motorcoach for Liege.
- Near Limont for lunch offered by Belgian
Veterans Association and the town.
- Visit of the American Military Cemetery at
- Back to Limont for a Ceremony.
- Dinner offered by the Belgian Veterans Association
and the town of Liege.
| 11th Sat.
- Reception at Fleron with a small ceremony
at the Town Hall.
- Visit of private museum concerning the liberation
of Fleron and unveiling of commemorative plaque at that museum
by Aurio Pierro and the owner of museum.
- Arrival at the Town Hall of Dison for reception.
- Lunch offered by the Belgian Associations
- Ceremony at the monument to the 3rd Armored
Division and visit of the exhibition with young people of Dison.
| 12th Sun.
- Departure from Liege near Stoumont and La
- Visit of the commemorative plaque of the
3rd Armored at Parfondruy. The Task Force Lovelady arrived at
the Hamlet of Parfondruy on 20 December and stayed in the hamlet
during four days. The hamlet of Parfondruy located at one mile
from the Center of Stavelot.
- Ceremony at the monument of the Belgian bomb
disposal expert killed after WWII.
- Reception at Stavelot Town Hall.
- Lunch at Stavelot.
- Visit of exhibition at Stavelot concenring
the Battle of the Bulge. On the way to La Gleize, a stop at Trois-Ponts
and Petit-Coo in order to see the place where Aurio Pierro was
during the Battle of the Bulge.
- Visit to the Museum Ardennes 44 at La Gleize
with a small reception.
| 13th Mon.
- Departure from Liege for Manhay - Visit Battlefiled:
Vaux-Chavanne- Baneux, Lierneux, etc.
- Reception at Lierneux by the Mayor of the
- Small ceremony at the crossroads where there
is a plaque dedicated to the 3rd Armored.
- Lunch at Baraque de Fraiture offered by Promotional
Tourism Office (Brussels-Wallonie).
- Visit to the village of Fraiture where Reverend
Walter Stitt was wounded and a meeting with the people of that
village, followed by the visits to Joubieval, Ottre, Bihain,
Langlir, and Cherain. All these villages were liberated by the
- Departure from Ardennes.
- Ceremony at Liege with the Mayor of Liege
- Dinner given by the city of Liege.
- Departure from Liege.
- Stop at the hamlet of Bois et Borsu (where
Bill Ruth was during the Battle of the Bulge).
- Travel in direction of Hotton and stop at
- Ceremony at Amonines.
- Lunch offered by the town of Erezee.
- Ceremony at Melines.
- Ceremony at Sadzot.
- Visit to monument at Mormont, followed by
a reception offered by the town of Erezee.
| 15th Wed.
- Drive from Liege via Verviers into Germany
and through Eupen, Aachen (a stop there), Stolberg, Brand, Busbach,
Eschveiler, Duren, Golzheim, Blatzheim, and Kerpen to Cologne.
- Lunch at the Stolberg-Donnerberg barracks
and the possibility to view some of the latest military equipment.
- Continue to Cologne.
| 16th Thu.
- Late morning visit to the Cologne Cathedral.
- Afternoon motorcoach tour of Old and New
Cologne with a local guide.
| 17th Fri.
- Depart in mid-morning and travel via the
autobahn and autoroutes to Brussels.
| 18th Sat.
- Morning at leisure.
- Afternoon motorcoach tour to the residential
areas of Brussels, then on through the forest of Soignes to Waterloo
and the battlefields where Napoleon was defeated.
- Visit the Panorama paintings and the Visitors
- On return to Brussels, visit the beautiful
Castle of Gaasbeek with its collections of antiques, porcelain,
arms, silverware and tapestries.
| 19th Sun.
- Visit the city of Ghent and St. Bravo's Cathedral.
Included are the important buildings from the Middle Ages such
as the Belfry, St. Nicholas Church, and the Earls Castle.
- Then on to Bruges for a visit to Our Lady
Church with the statue by Michelangelo, the Market Square, and
many other interesting sights.
- An optional boat cruise along the canals.
- Farewell dinner in evening.
- Leave: Brussels - Delta Airlines.
- Arrive: JFK New York.