On December 1, the United States Ambassador, Tom Barrett, hosted the mayors of Luxembourg municipalities at his residence. The tradition of inviting the mayors of all 103 municipalities to the U.S. residence dates back to the 1950s, but this year’s reception was the first since 2016.
“As a former mayor, I appreciate the significant role all mayors play in addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time, not only on a local but also on a national and international level. With Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, global problems like food and energy security have been exacerbated and tackling these issues requires us to work together on every level of governance. Reviving the annual tradition of hosting the mayors of Luxembourg was an important step towards that collective goal,” said the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, Tom Barrett.
Last year, the U.S. Embassy Luxembourg and the Commune of Parc Hosingen revived another old tradition: the commune gifting the Embassy an evergreen tree as a sign of appreciation for the sacrifices made by U.S. troops to liberate the Parc Hosingen area during the Battle of the Bulge. A tree gifted by the commune decorates the U.S. residence this year as well.