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Diekirch is a commune with city status in north-eastern Luxembourg, capital city of the canton Diekirch and the district of Diekirch. The city is situated on the banks of the Sauer river.The city's heraldic shield, showing a crowned lion on a castle, was granted in1988. It is based on the city's 14th century seal and arms.As of 2001, the town of Diekirch itself, which lies in the south of the commune, has a population of 6,068.Diekirch was the first city in Luxembourg to have a pedestrian zone, in 1977.There is a brewery with the same name. There are 3 secondary schools in Diekirch: Lycée classique de Diekirch, Lycée technique hotelier Alexis Heck and Nordstadlycée.The town is home to the National Museum of Military History, reflecting Diekirch's pivotal role in the Battle of the Bulge, a major battle of World War II. It was here that the river Sauer was crossed on the night of January 18, 1945, by the US 5th Infantry division.The town is the site of one of the six regional headquarters of the Grand Ducal Police.The town has an annual cross country running competition — the Eurocross — which is an IAAF permit meeting and attracts world-class runners, with Gabriela Szabo and Irina Mikitenko among its past winners.
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