Location: Hyman Josefson Square, Petingen
In memory of: the first American soldier to die in Luxembourg
Artist: Claus Cito
Two years after the liberation, the Pétange “Syndicat d’Initiative” (visitor information association) together with local authorities decided to erect a monument in honor of the first American soldier who lost his life in Luxembourg. The monument bears the inscription
“Au premier soldat américain tombé pour la libération de notre pays - To the first American soldier fallen for the liberation of our country – Mir vergiessen net” as well as an engraving of the American eagle.
On the day of its inauguration, Jean-Baptiste Gillardin, city council deputy and president of the Pétange “Syndicat d’Initiative”, said in his speech that “[...] tiny Luxembourg will remain true to this promise and [...] we will not forget our gratitude for all those brave people who selflessly sacrificed their life so that we would get our freedom back.”
Ever since 1947 a ceremony organized by the Pétange “Syndicat d’Initiative” takes place on the same day and at the same time in order to remember them.