Soldiers honor WWII tradition with Christmas Eve in the caves of Maastricht

  Soliders from the U.S. Army participated in the annual mass honoring the Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by American soldiers in 1944. For the second year, CDA Shawn Crowley and his wife Sabine represented the U. States Mission. December 24th, 1944, the Dutch Brothers of the Immaculate Conception organized a Christmas Eve Mass in the ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at Waal River Crossing Ceremony

Remarks for the Waal River Crossing Ceremony CDA Shawn Crowley Nijmegen Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Mayor Bruls, Mayor Akkermans, Director van Afferen, distinguished veterans, ladies and gentlemen, and most importantly dear students.  Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this ceremony commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Waal River Crossing and the liberation ...
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Cultural Corner – Bevrijdingskinderen

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Bob Kingman was in Maastricht for the presentation of a new book by Mieke Kirkels, “Children of African-American Liberators.” Along with Kierkels, he presented copies of the book to the 12 “children” who were featured in the book. Kirkels’ first book, “From Alabama to Margraten,” told the story of Dr. ...
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Dutch-American Friendship Day 2017

The U.S. Embassy co-hosted the annual Dutch-American Friendship Day reception together with the organization “Americans Overseas Remember” (OAR). Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Kingman delivered brief remarks and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Board of the “ Stichting Herdenking Amerikaanse Kerstviering 1944” (SHAK 1944). Each year, they organize the Christmas Eve Mass in the caves of Maastricht ...
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Talking about water management, hydraulic engineering, and quantum computing at TU Delft

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited TU Delft, April 10, to learn about the cutting edge research being conducted on campus in the fields of water management and quantum computing. He was also able to meet with some American students, faculty members, and researchers at the university.  While at the technical university, Wim Uijttewaal, Professor of Experimental Hydraulics, ...
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Royal Netherlands Navy welcomes U.S. Embassy team to Den Helder

The Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Lieutenant General Rob Verkerk welcomed Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley to the Dutch naval base in Den Helder.  Crowley was able to see first-hand the capabilities of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (RNLMC) teams. Verkerk discussed their leadership, organizational, and command structures.  Captain Robert ...
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Next stop Mars? Americans and Europeans work together at ESTEC on the future of space travel.

A few miles north of The Hague, researchers and scientist are working on getting humans back to the moon and then onto Mars. The European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in Noordwijk is the largest European Space Agency (ESA) site in Europe.  On a recent visit, CDA Shawn Crowley and Embassy Science Officer Keith Krause ...
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Thanksgiving in the home of the pilgrims

In many ways, this is where it all started: Leiden’s Pieterskerk in the Netherlands. In 1620, 35 pilgrims departed Leiden for Plymouth in England. From there, they sailed onward aboard The Mayflower to the new colonies of Massachusetts. The first harvest festival celebrated in the new colony is seen as the origin of Thanksgiving. And here, ...
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Dinner in honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

On November 15, 2016, Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley hosted a dinner for Dutch female entrepreneurs in honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), and to discuss important issues facing female entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. During the United Nation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 (GEW, celebrated November 14-20), special attention is given to the challenges women face in ...
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U.S. Specialty Food exporters meet their Dutch partners

On November 14 and 15, 2016, nine U.S. exporters of Specialty Food Products had one-on-one meetings with twelve importers during a Reverse Trade Mission (RTM). This RTM was organized by Food Export USA Northeast in close cooperation with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in The Hague. The exporters were welcomed by Chargé D’Affairs Shawn Crowley and ...
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All American Night in Leiden

More than 1,000 students and faculty attended the 13th edition of Minerva’s All American Night in Leiden’s magnificent Pieterskerk. Organized by the student members of Minerva Society, it was a night of politics, music, and even a play – the latest edition of a tradition that stretches back to the U.S. Presidential Election of 1968. ...
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D-Day Flag arrives in the Netherlands

On September 15, a unique American flag carried during D-Day in 1944 arrived at the Nationaal Militair Museum in Soesterberg. The flag was accepted with military ceremony in the presence of Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and about twenty American World War II veterans. The museum opened an exhibition on the flag on this day. ...
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Remembering September 11

Embassy personnel came together to share their memories of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Overseas Americans Remember organized the ceremony which combined personal stories and music to honor those who died on that day 15 years ago, along with those who worked tirelessly to save them.
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Liberation Concert Margraten

Since 2006, the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten has held an open-air Liberation Concert as a tribute to and in remembrance of the liberation of the Netherlands that began in September 1944 and those who died to secure it. CDA Shawn P. Crowley gave the opening remarks below at the concert on September 4, 2016. ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visits the city of Rotterdam

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited the city of Rotterdam September 1, 2016. He met with Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb to discuss areas of mutual cooperation. During a visit to the Essalam Islamic Center, he discussed religious freedom and tolerance and had a tour with the Director and staff. The day ended with a tour of the ...
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New Deputy Chief of Mission: Shawn Crowley

  Shawn Crowley assumed his duties as the Chargé d’ Affaires in The Hague in July 2016.  A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he worked in Washington as a member of the Executive Secretariat, a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and a desk officer for central Europe. His most recent foreign assignment ...
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