On a snow covered, cold, morning of Dec. 16, 1944, the largest battle of World War II broke out in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg – known today as the Battle of the Bulge. This was the last major effort of the German Army in an attempt to split and defeat the Allied Forces.

Each Dec. 16, the St. Louis Gateway Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge group remembers those courageous veterans who participated in this battle.

This Dec. 16, the chapter will hold a memorial celebration at 10 a.m. at the Royale Orleans Banquet Center, 2801 Telegraph Road. All are welcome. The ceremony is free.