Concern in Brussels, WI after Belgium terror attacks: "Thinking about our cousins"

BRUSSELS, Wisconsin -- The terror attacks Tuesday, March 22nd in Brussels, Belgium after two explosions at the airport and another at a busy metro station in the Belgian capital Tuesday killed at least 30 people and wounded 230 others hit close to home for some in Wisconsin.

Brussels terror attacks

The city of Brussels, Wisconsin shares more than just a name with its European counterpart. The city is where the "Belgian Heritage Center" is located.

The president of the Belgian Heritage Center said he was shocked and saddened to hear the news on Tuesday morning.

Belgian Heritage Center in Brussels, WI

Bill Chaudoir

"It`s very worrisome and it`s just so senseless," Bill Chaudoir said. "The tragedy obviously hits very close to home and we`re very concerned and are thinking about our cousins today."

The Belgian Heritage Center in Door County touts one of the largest Walloon Belgian populations in the United States.

The organization takes part in an exchange -- traveling between countries each year.

"We know our cousins in the Belgium are such loving and peace-loving people that it`s just senseless," Chaudoir said. "We hope the violence is over and is not repeated."

The terror attacks will not stop about a dozen people from the Belgian Heritage Center from traveling abroad. They will be in Belgium for about three weeks in fall 2016.

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