Although the Battle of the Bulge that occurred during the winter of 1944-1945 brought a number of Luxembourg villages under German occupation, the capital was liberated on 10 September 1944 and this day is considered the liberation of Luxembourg.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the city, a commemorative ceremony was organised on Tuesday 10 September by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg government and the City of Luxembourg.
At first, a wreath of flowers was solemnly laid by His Royal Highness the Grand Duke Henri at the National Monument for Luxembourg Solidarity on the “Kanounenhiwwel”. The Grand Duke had been received beforehand by the president of the Chamber of deputies Fernand Etgen, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, mayor of the City of Luxembourg Lydie Polfer, the deputy chief of staff of the army colonel Patrick Grisius, and the central director of the grand ducal police Alain Engelhardt. Representatives of patriotic associations and the Committee for the remembrance of WWII were also present at this commemoration site inaugurated in 1971.
Following this moment of contemplation and remembrance of the liberation, a commemorative meeting was held at the Cercle Cité, at which the Luxembourg delegation welcomed the Prime minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić. A visit to an exhibition of archival photos of the liberation commented by the head of the WWII Remembrance Service Jean-Claude Muller followed, as well as the signing of the City’s guestbook, speeches by Lydie Polfer and Xavier Bettel and musical accompaniment by an ensemble from the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg.
Finally, a reception in the foyer of the Cercle Cité completed the institutional part of the day, taking place just before the public musical programme on the place d’Armes started.