Ambassador Evans, Secretary MG (Ret) William Matz, and Mr. Henri Kox at today’s signing.; Credit: U.S. Embassy Luxembourg

The U.S. Embassy Luxembourg has announced the signing of a joint statement of mutual interest between itself, the Luxembourg government and the American Battle Monuments Commission.

On Friday 13 December 2019, Luxembourg's Minister Delegate for Defence, Henri Kox, Major General (Ret.) William M. Matz, Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, and J. Randolph Evans, U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, signed a joint statement of mutual interest committing to future actions to further respective interests at the Luxembourg American Cemetery in Hamm.

The statement was signed to kick off an historic weekend of commemorative events for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge many of which are taking place at the Luxembourg American Cemetery in Hamm. The statement recognises the important historical and economic role the Luxembourg American Cemetery plays in the United States and Luxembourg and appreciates how it serves as an important symbol for the alliance between the two countries.

In addition, the joint statement of mutual interest commits to the future enhancement and enrichment of the cemetery. This includes training to ensure non-ABMC guides are well versed and informed as they take visitors through the cemetery and enhanced transportation to the cemetery from across Luxembourg City. This statement thus serves as a platform from which the participants can continue and expand their joint efforts in support of the Luxembourg American Cemetery.