75 years of liberty – Belgium Remembers
28 September 2019 - 29 September 2019
Commemoration of the liberation of the valley of the Jeker and the Fort of Eben-Emael in September 1944 by the US Army troops.
Travel back to 1944 with more than 150 extras and re-enactors.
During the 2 days you can visit a tented camp of the US Army, of German soldiers, and a civilian hospital from 10 am to 4 pm. Discover the daily life, the equipment and various vehicles of the soldiers, in the year 1944. Figurants in clothing and equipment of Belgian gendarmes from the 40s ensure that the two-day course runs smoothly.
At 2 pm a spectacular outdoor spectacle with dozens of re-enactors and vehicles takes place.
Admission to the tented camp and the spectacle are free.
The two-day ‘living history’ program
- from 10 am to 4 pm:
- tented camp with exhibition of military vehicles and equipment
- continuous guided visits to the underground fort
- 14h: mock battle. Re-enactors simulate the latest skirmishes around the Fort of Eben-Emael between soldiers of the German occupation force, the local resistance groups and US Army units
- after the mock battle:
- short memorial ceremony at the monument of Major Leland L. Lambe, US Army, fatally wounded at the fort on September 10, 1944
- field hospital simulation with care of the “wounded of the mock battle”
- photo shoot with the re-enactors and extras
- only on Saturday: around 3:30 pm free performance in the tent of the big band The Jazzoline Orchestra & Les Suzettes
From noon drinks and snacks in the tent on the esplanade at the fort
The fort is open from 10 am to 4 pm. The last tour starts at 4 p.m. The cafeteria in the fort is open.