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    Mons, Belgium goes back in time for historic event

    Tanks in Mons 2019

    Photo By Senior Airman Candin Muniz | Belgian citizens attend Tanks In Mons, Belgium, Sep. 1, 2019. The annual event...... read more read more



    Story by Senior Airman Candin Muniz 

    AFN Benelux

    “Tanks in Mons,” rolling through several villages in the Mons area, took place Aug. 30 - Sep. 1,
    The annual event commemorated the arrival of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and 3rd
    Armored Division on Sept. 2, 1944, and the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s liberation during
    World War II.
    “It was fantastic,” said U.S. Army Col. Sean H. Kuester, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux
    commander. “The connection that we still have as Belgians and Americans, these nations in the
    Alliance, is pretty amazing.”
    The event brings tanks and light vehicles to Mons and outlying towns, and highlights the
    historical importance of the Belgian liberation of World War II.
    “I think it is important to remember what’s gone before, and honor the dead on both sides
    actually.” Said Julie Douglas-Cooke, a history enthusiast from Nottingham, England. “I think we
    have to learn from the past to make sure that the future doesn’t go that way.”
    Known as “Tanks in Town” in previous years, “Tanks in Mons” is a long-standing local
    tradition. This year’s theme highlights different artillery vehicles from the World War II era.
    “Tanks in Mons” featured a historical parade through the Mons countryside, static displays of
    World War II-era vehicles, and an official celebration of the liberation of Mons in the city center.
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    Date Taken: 09.01.2019
    Date Posted: 09.05.2019 10:37
    Story ID: 338291
    Location: MONS, WHT, BE 

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