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Veterans of the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion Honored

Soldiers defended Belgian villages the first day of the Battle of the Bulge

Posted: October 7, 2005

Vice President Dick Cheney poses with veterans from the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion Friday, October 7, 2005, after delivering remarks during a wreath laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. (White House photo by David Bohrer)
At right, Vice President Dick Cheney poses for a photo with veterans from the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion Friday, October 7, 2005, after delivering remarks during a wreath laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

"I count it a privilege to stand in the presence of men who were sent into battle by President Franklin D. Roosevelt... and who, by your courage and honor and devotion to duty, helped to win a war and change the course of history", said the Vice President to the soldiers, widows, and family members of the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion who attended the ceremony.

The 526th AIB is the sole remaining, separate armored infantry battalion from World War II, whose soldiers defended the Belgian villages of Stavelot and Malmedy on December 16, 1944, the first day of the Battle of the Bulge.

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