On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to Grand Duke Henri and the people of Luxembourg as you celebrate your National Day on June 23.
The United States and Luxembourg share a long history. This year, as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, we remember the bravery of both our nations in World War II. Many Americans heard the call of duty then, including my father who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and my mother who treated the sick and wounded in France. Luxembourg heard that same call, and paid the price of war with occupation. But in the end, American and Luxembourger forces fought side-by-side and struck a blow for freedom and democracy everywhere. Today, we remember all those who gave their lives, including the more than 5,000 American troops laid to rest in Luxembourg.
Decades ago, we fought together, so today we can work together. We value the close cooperation our two countries enjoy on the UN Security Council and at NATO, where every day we continue the important work of advancing democracy, peace, and prosperity for all of the world's citizens.
So as the cannons salute and the fireworks commence on your National Day, know that the United States stands with you as a close partner and friend. We wish all Luxembourgers a happy and prosperous year.