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12 www.randomlake.org Those who visit the Village of Belgium in Ozaukee County may expect to find people whose heritage goes back to the modern day country of Belgium in Europe. That's not the case -- many of today's Village of Belgium resi- dents still trace their an- cestry back to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. And today this vil- lage is the home of the Luxembourg-American Cultural Center, which hosts the Roots & Leaves Museum and head- quarters of the Luxem- bourg-American Cultur- al Society. Every August the Village of Belgium hosts the Luxembourg Fest of America, drawing peo- ple from Luxembourg settlements across the Midwest. The country of Bel- gium was created in 1930-31 and the 1839 Treaty of London changed national bor- ders. Much of western Luxembourg became part of the country of Belgium. Within a few years a number of "Belgic Luxembourg- ers" came to Ozaukee County and settled in what was called the Town of Belgium, and the communities in- cluded Holy Cross, Lake Church, Belgium and Dacada. Belgium grew the most and it was incorporated BELGIUM William J. Croatt 10/23/1895 - 5/23/1918 Pvt. Croatt served with Co. B, 58th Regiment, 4th (Regular) Division. He was among 56 American soldiers who died when the steamer RMS Mol- davia was sunk in the English Channel off Beachy Head by a single torpedo from German submarine SM UB-57. We Honor a Hometown Hero Legion leads Luxembourg Fest Parade

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