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  • President Obama to young Muslim Americans during his first Mosque Visit in America.

    President Obama Speaks on Religious Freedom

    "You are not Muslim or American. You are Muslim AND American." The President makes his first visit to a U.S. mosque and speaks on protecting our nation's tradition of religious freedom.

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his opening remarks on February 2, 2016, at the Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome, Italy, at the outset of a meeting of the multinational counter-ISIL coalition. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

    Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Ministerial

    "So the challenge now, my friends, is pretty straightforward: to push ahead with a strategy that we have learned will work, and to do so relentlessly, giving Daesh no time to regroup, no place to run, no safe havens in which to hide."

  • Secretary Kerry Video Statement on Syria Negotiations, State Department Washington, DC January 31, 2016

    Secretary Kerry on Syria Negotiations

    "The world is hoping that both sides will move quickly to meet the needs of millions of desperate Syrians, to reduce the pressure on neighboring countries, to reduce the levels of migration, and to help restore peace and stability."

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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about press freedom and his work to free Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian - who was unjustly held in Iran for 18 months - as he addressed a ceremony on January 28, 2016, to dedicate the new Post headquarters in Washington, D.C. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

    Journalism is not a crime

    "The truth is that independent media -- reporters, broadcasters, photographers, bloggers, even cartoonists -- are under constant pressure today, whether physical or political. And here we are well into the 21st century, and yet only about one person in six lives in a country where the press can truly be described as free."

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  • BFTF Essay contest

    Essay Contest to Spend 4 Weeks in the U.S.

    Deadline: Feb 12! The Embassy invites Belgian students, 16 to 18 years old, to write an essay in English on the following topic this year: “List your top three priorities of things that you would like to change in society. Explain why and how you think change can be brought about”

  • President Obama at the Holocaust National Museum

    Holocaust Rememberance

    Our children must know this chapter of history, and that we must never repeat it. An attack on any faith is an attack on all of our faiths. For Americans, in particular, we should understand that it’s an attack on our diversity, on the very idea that people of different backgrounds can live together and thrive together.

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  • Essay Contest

    Become a Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow and Spend 4 weeks in the U.S. this Summer. Deadline to send your essay is February 12, 2016.

Embassy Events

  • 71st anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
    71st anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

    Events were held this weekend to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium’s Ardennes region. U.S. Ambassador Denise Campbell Bauer was honored to attend and to help preserve the memory of all those who fought and died liberating Belgium from Nazi tyranny. 

  • U.S-Belgium Strong Ties Continue to this Day
    U.S-Belgium Strong Ties Continue to this Day

    Last year, the Embassy gave a special gift of embroidered sheets to the city of Bastogne to commemorate the fascinating story of the sheets of Hemroulle from the Battle of the Bulge. The town of Winchester, MA just published a book called, “Lt. Col. John Hanlon’s Debt of Honor” that Ambassador Bauer presented to Mayor Lutgen. 

  • Ambassador Bauer was the guest of honor at the opening of an exhibit “Glory and Gratitude to the United States” at the Liège Grand Curtius museum.
    Curtius Museum Exhibit on CRB

    Ambassador Bauer was the guest of honor at the opening of an exhibit “Glory and Gratitude to the United States” at the Liège Grand Curtius museum.  

  • Ambassador Bauer Visit to Dendermonde
    Ambassador Bauer Visit to Dendermonde

    The City of ‪Dendermonde‬ invited U.S. Ambassador Denise Campbell Bauer to show her how they support renewable energy and recycling. Ambassador Bauer: “Dendermonde is a great example of what Belgium does well: blending the old and the new in innovative ways.” As Secretary Kerry said “The answer to climate change is not a mystery. … It’s called clean energy. It’s that simple.” 

  • U.S. Ambassador Denise Campbell Bauer was honored and moved to participate in the annual Grave Adoption Ceremonies organized at the Henri Chapelle and Ardennes American Cemeteries on September 17, 2015
    Grave Adoption Ceremonies at American Cemeteries

    U.S. Ambassador Denise Campbell Bauer was honored and moved to participate in the annual Grave Adoption Ceremonies organized at the Henri Chapelle and Ardennes American Cemeteries on September 17, 2015 

  • Ambassador Bauer spoke at the KULeuven “What do we lose when we lose a library?” conference on Sep. 9, 2015.
    “What do we lose when we lose a library?” conference

    Ambassador Bauer spoke at the KULeuven conference on Sep. 9, 2015. “Culture provides historical context, fosters tolerance and understanding, is a building block of civil society & reconciliation, & is a powerful force for international cooperation & peace. It cannot be replaced. Thankfully, sometimes, it can be rebuilt. In many ways, this library represents the historic and continuing bonds between our two countries.” 

  • Honoring Captain Roy Jordan in Nivelles
    Honoring Captain Roy Jordan in Nivelles

    Captain Roy C. Jordan liberated Nivelles in 1944 with his squadron. Ambassador Denise Campbell Bauer attended the ceremony, where he was named a citizen of honor of the city of Nivelles. She was very honored and moved to meet with Captain Jordan's daughters and thanked the city and his mayor for keeping the memory of the bonds uniting Belgium and the U.S. alive. 

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