America in Belgium

The Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne

The Mardasson Memorial is a tribute from the Belgian population as a whole to the American nation. Its construction came about thanks to an initiative of the Belgian American Association set up in 1945 and consisting of various Belgian dignitaries who wished to perpetuate the memory of those brave Americans [...]

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Roller Derby Teams Invade Belgium for 2nd Annual Skates of Glory Competition

The first inline roller skate was created by Belgian inventor John Joseph Merlin in 1760 and patented by M. Petibled of Paris in 1819; 50 years later James Plimpton of Medford, Massachusetts re-arranged the placement of wheels to create a skate with more flexible movement called the “quad.” The history [...]

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Red Star Line Museum Opens September 28, 2013 in Antwerp

A new museum, focusing on the story of millions of people who travelled to America and Canada on board of the Red Star Line’s ocean liners in search of a new and better life is set to open on September 28, 2013 in Antwerp. The Red Star Line museum tells [...]

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An American Story to Tell in Passchendaele

This time next year we will mark the centenary of World War I, the so-called “War to End All Wars” that wreaked havoc on the European continent and completely flattened a number of Belgian towns. Earlier this week, Embassy Staff and Interns travelled to Ypres, Belgium, a town in West [...]

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Our Annual Iftar

Our Annual Iftar

On July 10.2013, U.S. Ambassador  to Belgium Howard Gutman welcomed 150 teachers, community and religious leaders, diplomats, and friends to his home – and America’s home in Belgium – for an iftar, celebrating the start of the holy month of Ramadan. In his speech – one of the last he [...]

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Get your kicks on Route 66, but stop first for a burger in Zemst

Get your kicks on Route 66, but stop first for a burger in Zemst

U.S. Highway 66 – the Mother Road – stands out in the American cultural landscape as the vintage icon of a newly mobile nation on the road. Stretching from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California and hitting six other states on the way, Route 66 was the principal East-West artery [...]

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Cross-cultural Communication through the Meet Us Program

Before starting my internship at the U.S. Mission to Belgium, I had never heard of the Meet US Program, nor did I have any idea of what it was. Now, nearing the end of my internship, I realize that the Meet US Program is a great aspect of our youth [...]

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A Very Special Last Post in Ypres

Every night starting in 1928, the Last Post has been played at 8:00pm under the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper, Belgium to honor the British and Allied soldiers who fell in combat during the Ypres Salient in World War I. At present, this solemn salute has been played over 29,000 [...]

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Remembering Herbert Hoover and the Commission for Relief in Belgium (March 16, 2013 – May 21, 2013)

From March 16, 2013 until May 21, 2013, the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, will host a temporary exhibition on Herbert Hoover and the Commission for Relief in Belgium. The exhibition, on loan from the U.S. Embassy to Belgium, details the role the future president Hertbert Hoover played in [...]

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2012 U.S. Elections Event in Brussels

2012 U.S. Elections Event in Brussels

On November 7, 2012, The U.S. Embassy to Belgium, the U.S. Mission to the EU, and the U.S. Mission to NATO, organized an event to celebrate the 2012 U.S. elections. In the Brussels city hall, American and Belgian guests and journalists were able to follow the live election results from [...]

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