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32nd Annual Battle of the Bulge Remembrance Walk - Bastogne

FYI Post...Just finished the 16K walk following a portion of the Battle of the Bulge perimeter. It's different every year and there are 8k, 12k, 16k, and 24k walks. I've done it twice and it's fantastic. There are re-enactors along the routes and the city holds events all weekend long. Great experience for anyone interested in WWII and honoring our Vets.

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Thanks for the post, Sam. That sounds awesome. I was hoping to go to Bastogne next fall. Unfortunately, December is not a good travel month for me, though I would love to do one of the walks.

Was it cold? No matter how cold it was, I'm sure you were happy you could sleep in a warm bed afterwards, unlike the troops that were out there for weeks. I don't know how they did it, but I'm very grateful that they did.

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It was about 32-35F and started to snow just as we began. It was amazing! Most of the walk was in the fields, woods, or along the road with only other walkers around. It gives you an opportunity to reflect on what it may have been like for the soldiers. You start wondering if there was a battle right here or over there. If you have any interest in WWII history and ever get the chance, I highly recommend it.

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Thanks so much for this info Sam, I appreciate knowing about this!

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"It was about 32-35F and started to snow just as we began." Wow, they timed that perfectly. Any earlier and it would have been rainy and muddy.

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Well, it was muddy from the previous days. My friend with white tennis shoes on came back immaculate, some people were really covered from the mid legs down. Great time tho!

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Great info and sounds like something my husband and I would love to do. Thanks for letting us all know about it.

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Hello Sam,
This sounds terribly interesting and something my husband and I would love to do. Are these walks throughout the year? Are reservations required? Thanks again!

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Joann,

This only occurs once a year in December. Here's the address to the website that contains this years information, but the contact information for next year will be the same. I hope you guys can make it out. Good luck!

http://www.bastognehistoricwalk.com/indexamerican.html

Quick inject for all others - It was VERY muddy! It was the first or second day that's really gotten below freezing.