Battle of the Bulge Remembrance 2020
A vital objective of the Wreaths Across America mission is to teach younger generations the value of freedom. Our nation’s history speaks to the enormous sacrifices of the men and women who fought for liberty and justice.
In 2019, Wreaths Across America joined the nation in recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. The mission to remember, honor, and teach was once again expanded overseas calling attention to the second largest land battle in American history which started in mid- December, and concluded late in January. This weekend, Wreaths Across America hosts a 75th remembrance of the end of the Battle of the Bulge with a service being performed by the Narraguagus American Legion Post No. 8
One of the event’s local coordinators is retired U.S. Army veteran, and associate director of Bugles Across America, Peter Duston. Peter had eight aunts and uncles who served during World War II, and he clearly remembers the end of the war. “The very day they called on the phone we were having Sunday dinner in New Hampshire at my grandmother’s house,” Peter shared. “The phone rang to say the war was over, and my grandmother lead us all in prayer, because it appeared as though all the aunts and uncles would be coming home.” Peter served with honor joining the Army in 1956, serving as a Russian linguist. He became disillusioned with the Vietnam War and resigned and moved to Maine. “I was actually 47 years old and teaching in New Hampshire when I decided to reenlist in the Army Reserve as an infantry instructor.” Pete’s ability to speak Ukrainian, Russian, and German made him well suited to finish up his career at West Point as a senior instructor running cadet basic training. One of his classes, simple called “Threat” found him role-playing a Russian officer in the Soviet Army. Since retiring, Pete has served as a bugler with multiple honor guards in Maine. He’s also been a scout master for years who not only teaches for the bugler merit badge, he makes sure the youngsters are involved in ceremonies and local efforts recognizing and honoring veterans.
Pete and his scouts, the American Legion, and Wreaths Across America Executive Director Karen Worcester invite you to the Battle of the Bulge Remembrance 2020, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater in Columbia Falls, Maine. Local heroes will be remembered.
REMEMBERING THOSE WASHINGTON COUNTY MEN WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE:
You can learn more about Pete’s service background and the upcoming event Saturday, during the #Wreaths Across America Radio Morning Show. Tune in! www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio
Presumed Local Battle of the Bulge Soldiers – verified from WWII discharges and unit records – researched by Peter Duston.