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WWII veterans will travel to Belgium for Battle of the Bulge’s 75th anniversary

American engineers emerge from the woods and moved out of defensive positions after fighting in the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium during Battle of the Bulge. (U.S. Army/Released)

Alison “Doc” Blaney is heading back to the Bulge.

He, along with 13 other World War II veterans, including fellow Natick resident Henry Baggs, will travel to Belgium in December to commemorate the 75th anniversary of what is known as the Battle of the Bulge, where Allied forces repulsed a German offensive.

Blaney, who served with the Army’s 101st Airborne, remembered the cold.

“I hope it’s not that cold when we get there,” said Blaney.

Blaney, along with other veterans, were treated to a cookout at the Natick AMVETS post on Superior Drive on Saturday.

Along the burgers and hot dogs, families had a chance to take in a beautiful fall afternoon, as well as share stories of their experiences in the service.

According to Jamie Sheridan, AMVETS post commander, the trip to Belgium is being organized by Andrew Biggio, a Marine Corps veteran who’s organized other trips for WWII veterans, including a 75th anniversary visit to Normandy.

Biggio also founded Boston’s Wounded Vet Run, and wrote “The Rifle,” a collection of stories from WWII veterans.

Donations for the trip to Belgium are still being accepted; visit


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