Flag of Friendship Award 2016
The Flag of Friendship was conceived by Doug Mitchell, chapter officer of the "Bulge Chapter" in 2012 as a way to thank European citizens for their service and remembrance of the men of the 106th Infantry Division. For many decades the Belgian people have paid tribute to the veterans of the Division. As the Greatest Generation is slowly fading away, they are now thanking the Belgians and other Europeans for their work in perpetuating their legacy. Since 2012 an American "Flag of Friendship" has been donated by the US 106th Infantry Division Association Inc. The "Bulge Chapter" is in charge of the formal organisation of the ceremony in close cooperation with the C-47 Club Ardennes Salm River Chapter, the City of St. Vith, the city of Vielsalm and CRIBA.
The FOF has been an annual commorative event since 2012, paired with a sister ceremony in Rencheux by the C-47 Club Ardennes Salm River Chapter.
106th Infantry Division veteran David Bailey gives a speech at the 2014 FOF event.
EVEN THE WEATHER WAS LIKE 70 YEARS AGO - At the Memorial for American soldiers the destruction of St. Vith and the sacrifices of the Battle of the Bulge were commemorated. Twelve US WWII veterans came to East-Belgium for the ceremony.
The Flag of Friendship Ceremony takes place at the 106th Infantry Division Memorial in St. Vith, Belgium.
The memorial is located next to the Bischöfliche Schule St.Vith, located at the following address:
Klosterstraße 38, St.Vith (Belgium).
For directions see the map below. Free parking is available at the An der Linden traffic circle in the center of town, just a 10 minute walk from the monument.
The Belgian Chapter of the 106th Division Association is responsible for wreath layings and flower pieces that are presented at various ceremonies in Belgium and Germany, in honor of the men of the Division. These ceremonies include the Annual Flag of Friendship Ceremony, the Rencheux Bridge Ceremonies, Memorial Day at various US Military Cemeteries, the Wereth Eleven Commemoration, ...
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