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Gov. Gary R. Herbert Visits Luxembourg’s American Cemetery and Memorial

June 12 2015 - 12:43 pm

News Release
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2015

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Gov. Gary R. Herbert Visits Luxembourg’s American Cemetery and Memorial
Trade mission delegation pays respects to fallen soldiers

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) reported today that Gov. Gary R. Herbert, accompanied by Western Europe Trade mission delegates, visited the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial to pay respects to fallen soldiers. The governor’s visit falls less than a week after the 71st anniversary of D-Day.

“Our visit to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial this afternoon was one of the most significant stops of our European trade mission,” Gov. Herbert said. “As we strive to forge better international trade relationships and build Utah’s economic strength, it is important to reflect on our history. We are grateful for those who came before us, for their sacrifice to build a strong foundation for our country and state. We honor them today.”

The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial was established on Dec. 29, 1944 during one of Germany’s most deadly attacks—Battle of the Bulge, which also has its 71st Anniversary this December. Today, 5,076 service members are laid to rest in the Luxembourg American Cemetery. Thirteen Utah soldiers were buried, and one was listed as missing in action.

The famed General George S. Patton, best known as leader of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy, is also buried in the cemetery.

Following his remarks, the governor laid a wreath for Utah’s fallen soldiers. The wreath states, “They Shall Not Be Forgotten: Utah Remembers.”

“While the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is busy building business, it is very important that we pause and reflect on what truly matters,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “Part of GOED’s mission is improving the quality of life for Utah residents. That would not even be a possibility without the sacrifices of those who came before us.”

The day’s activities also include a meeting with Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg at the Grand Ducal Palace. The Crown Prince visited Utah with an economic delegation just last year and formalized the appointment of David Murrell as the Honorary Consul of Luxembourg for Utah.

Utah Soldiers Buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

Darrell H. Argubright
Houston B. Baxter
James L. Belliston, Jr.
Duane H. Callister
Calvin C. Dobson
Howard L. Hickenlooper
Robert G. Hilton
Willis A. Jensen
Ned G. McCluskey
Lee J. Osborne
Gordon B. Swan
Jessie L. Whitlock
Frank Williams
Missing in Action: Sherwin V. Olsen


Editor’s Note: This event is part of the 2015 Utah Trade Mission to Western Europe. The mission, which runs from June 6-16, includes delegates from more than 20 Utah businesses, universities and organizations and spans five countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and France. The purpose of the trade mission is to strengthen existing international relationships, open new markets and foster future business growth and investment in Utah.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
International Trade and Diplomacy Office (ITDO)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business and tourism destination. IDTO assists companies in developing markets for their products and services in other countries. ITDO helps Utah companies understand the benefits of expanding into international markets and provides assistance securing international business connections. Through increasing international trade and branding Utah globally, ITDO helps grow Utah’s economy, create jobs and increase Utah’s international presence. For additional information please contact: Nathan Lambson at

(l-r) Honorary Consul of Luxembourg for Utah David Murrell, First Lady Jeanette Herbert and Governor Herbert laying a wreath at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial.