Aggies are strengthening global bonds after leaders from Bastogne, Belgium and the Brazos Valley formalized the creation of the Texas Aggies Go To War exhibit in Bastogne.
Pen to paper, with their signatures starts a form To War exhibit in Bastogne.
Brett Cornwell, TAMU System Associate Vice Chancellor for Commercialization, said "what is most compelling to me about this whole idea is this is a Belgian idea. It was a Belgian idea to honor Texas Aggies fighting in the Battle of the Bulge."
The exhibit will explain how the friendship with the Americans started. Coralie Bonnet, City of Bastogne Chief of Staff, said "we wanted to develop these cultural aspects and the story which unites our people and the soldiers that came from the Battle of the Bulge."
The hope this can create economic, even educational interest here. Cornwell said "when they start thinking where they might want to do business, where they might want to visit, where they might want to send their children to school and graduate school Texas A&M is not a mystery."
Glaxo Smith Kline, is one prominent pharmacuetical company to come out of Belgium into the Brazos Valley. It will bring thousands of jobs around Texas. Benoit Lutgen, Bastogne, Belgium Mayor, said "we can go onto have new, and more relationships, economical relationships in the future."
John Sharp, TAMU System Chancellor, said "formalizing it, it will become a relationship that yields economic fruit."
Texas A&M and this community now leaving a mark in Europe. Cornwell said "it's an incredible branding opportunity, it's an incredible opportunity for us to tell our story as a community and as a University."
Celebrating a bond, many years in the making.
The exhibit will open in Bastogne on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. That’s December 16th, 2014.