U.S. Embassy and the Commune of Parc Hosingen Revive an old Christmas Tradition
U.S. Embassy Luxembourg and the Commune of Parc Hosingen revived an old tradition with the former Commune of Hoscheid (now part of the Commune of Parc Hosingen) gifting the Embassy a Christmas tree as a token of appreciation for the sacrifices made by U.S. troops to liberate the area during the Battle of the Bulge.
“The United States has a strong historic relationship with the Commune of Parc Hosingen and this beautiful tree is a true and heartfelt symbol of that bond. We are very thankful to Mayor Wester and the Commune for the gracious revival of this tradition. It embodies the sacred remembrance of the recent military past between the United States and Luxembourg and is especially momentous in December, during the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge,” said Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Mr. Casey Mace.
Romain Wester, the Mayor of Commune of Parc Hosingen said: “For the Commune of Parc Hosingen it is a great pleasure and an immense honor to once again offer the US Embassy a Christmas tree from our beautiful landscapes of the Ardennes, that were so terribly devastated during the Battle of the Bulge. May this tree be a symbol of the steadfast gratitude to our American liberators, of peace and hope during this Christmas season, and of friendship and solidarity during this time of a global pandemic.”
The tradition of a pine tree being cut in the woods surrounding Hoscheid and delivered to the Embassy to decorate the entrance hall of the Ambassador’s Residence, dates back to when Mr. Roland Gaul, former staff member of the US Embassy Luxembourg, initiated the idea together with Mayor Fernand Schmit and his Alderman Charles Dirkes of the former Commune of Hoscheid.
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Photos: U.S. Embassy and Commune of Parc Hosingen
For more information please contact the Public Affairs section at the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg at +352 46 01 23 21 or at LuxembourgPublicAffairs@state.gov