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Minister will submit on Monday 4 May 2020 Hugo de Jonge from the Ministry of VWS a wreath at National War Cemetery Loenen. He commemorates all Dutch war victims 75 years after the liberation. Men, women and children, nearly 4000 of whom have found their final resting place in the plot.

During the commemoration from a quiet field of honor, Minister de Jonge will go live on the importance of commemoration, especially in these times of crisis. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister De Jonge: “We have lived in freedom for 75 years, which is something to cherish and to celebrate. Unfortunately, due to the measures against the coronavirus, this has to be adapted. We commemorate the liberation this year at home as much as possible. This May 4, it will be quieter outside than ever on the street. In that silence, let's think of all those people who have paid the highest price for our freedom. That is not self-evident. ”  

The commemoration at National War Cemetery Loenen consists of pre-recorded stories told by relatives and young people, music and live images of the speech of the minister, the wreath laying, tattoo and minute of silence. The commemoration will be broadcast by Omroep Gelderland between 13.30 pm and 14.30 pm. In connection with the commemoration, National War Cemetery Loenen will be closed to visitors on 4 May.

About National War Cemetery Loenen 

National War Cemetery Loenen is the final resting place of nearly 4.000 Dutch war victims: soldiers and civilians. They lost their lives during World War II or during violent conflicts afterwards - such as in the former Dutch East Indies or during peace missions. National War Cemetery Loenen is managed by the War Graves Foundation.

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