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Dutch side Day of Remembrance today

Remembrance Day (in Dutch: “Dodenherdenkingsdag”) will be observed on St. Maarten as in other parts of the Dutch Kingdom, today, Tuesday.  

All Dutch victims – civilians and soldiers – who were killed or murdered in the Kingdom or anywhere else in war situations or during peace-keeping operations since the outbreak of the Second World War will be remembered.

The public ceremony starts at 5:30pm. It will include the laying of wreaths by officials at the War Memorial on Captain Hodge Wharf. This will be followed by two minutes of silence after the tolling of church bells in Philipsburg around 6:00pm. Everyone on the island is encouraged to observe the silence after the church bells.

The National Youth Chamber Orchestra will play during the ceremony.

This year, two special guests – Elsje Bosch and Gerard van Veen have been invited to the ceremony. They each have personally experienced the effects of World War II. A segment of their life stories will be read at the ceremony.

The (business) community is reminded by government to fly flags half-mast.

All roads and accessways to Captain Hodge Wharf will be closed to vehicles later this afternoon in preparation for the remembrance ceremony.

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