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« on: October 31, 2009, 04:46:21 PM »

“Bedford, The Town They Left Behind”

Several activities and commemorations will be held during this year’s 65th commemoration of the “Battle of the Bulge”.

One special event is taking place in Bastogne, which will be the Belgian premiere of the movie “Bedford , The Town They Left Behind”. The movie tells the story of Bedford, Virginia, from where many soldiers of the “Greatest Generation” left to fight in Europe and where the national D-Day Memorial is located.  During the 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy, Bedford suffered the highest losses any town would have.

This documentary, a 74-minute feature film by the Johnson Group, with  four years of shooting and researching, recalls that solemn history but also places it in contemporary context, as in 2004, Bedford's National Guard troops were called up for the first time since 1945.

 Co-director and writer Joe Fab did interviews with survivors, along with their relatives.

Though it's a subject that has become somewhat well known, the town's sacrifice is such an important story that was "extremely moving" to capture.

The movie also incorporates the current conflicts of Afghanistan and Iraq into the film. Deployment scenes were shot of Bedford's company of the National Guard leaving for those conflicts.

The film doesn't take a stance for or against the current wars, but is intended to make people have their own opinions as history meets current events.

Joe Fab is clear: "Everyone was involved and everyone was affected," regarding the effort behind World War II. "Today that's not the case. I'm hoping it will put people in mind of that."

“Bedford, The Town They Left Behind”, will be presented at the theater of the “Institut Notre-Dame Séminaire Bastogne”, situated at rue Gustave Delperdange, 12. 

Among many guests, Helen Patton, granddaughter of General George S. Patton Jr.,  will be present to moderate the movie.  The movie is also sponsored by several partners. Enough parking space is available at the site of the Seminar.

Friday, December 11th at 7.30 pm.  Showing for general public.  Presence of U.S. Armed Forces and civilian personnel and their families.

Saturday, December 12th at 9 pm : VIP evening, in the presence of WW2 veterans, distinguished guests  and authorities. Limited number of seats available.

Sunday, December 13th at 5.45 pm. Showing for general public

At every show, “Kas, the Forces Sweetheart” will perform! She already sang in Bastogne and recently at several occasions in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom for veterans. 

For more information about the film, visit www.bedfordthemovie.com.

For more information about the Bastogne Historic  Walk, visit:  www.bastognehistoricwalk.com

For more information about Kas, the Forces Sweetheart : www.kas-forces-sweetheart.co.uk 

You can purchase a ticket as following:

You can pre-order the special coin, created for the 65th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, which will also give you access to one of the shows. For each show, a different ticket will be given (red for Friday’s show, white for Saturday VIP show and blue for Sunday show)
Or you buy your ticket on the evening of every show, on a first come – first served base for the price of 7 Euros at the Theater at the Seminar.
Also visit:



www.militariabastogne.eu to preorder your seat !!!


"see you out there"
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