On May 23rd 2018 Fire Observers vzw welcomed approx 30 American colleagues, all members of the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums for a week long stay in Belgium.
The band came over on our invitation to attend and participate in several ceremonies and memorials like those in Kemmel and Oudenaarde. They also participated in a military tattoo in Oudenaarde.
Their highlight however was their participation in the Memorial Day Ceremony at Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial in Waregem.
Besides the official visits and events we also went to the Bastogne area for two days where we’ve visited the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, the Mardasson Memorial, the Bastogne Barracks and Jack’s Wood.
Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp were also touristically explored.
It was our honor and absolute pleasure to welcome and escort them here in Belgium.