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This weekend, the historic center of Mons, Belgium, will welcome a Leopard, several Hellcats and Weasels, and even a Patton.

"Tanks in Town 2008," the yearly celebration of the September 1944 liberation of Mons, gets under way Saturday with a display of World War II armored vehicles, including dozens of tanks and tracked equipment.

They will congregate at Boîs-Brûlé near the village of Ghlin just outside Mons.

Simulated field maneuvers and temporary encampments, or bivouacs, will be part of the visual landscape Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, the lineup will feature a military flea market and tank rides.

On Sunday morning, there will be a parade of armored vehicles along a 19-mile route that ends at the Grand Place in Mons. Part of the route follows the same course the 3rd Armored Division took 64 years ago.

The entry fee for Saturday’s event is 5 euros per person. Children 14 and younger will be admitted free.


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