We were deeply honored to join U.S. and other Allied veterans at Friday’s “Het Gooi Bevrijd” commemoration in the village of Bussum near Amsterdam.
More than 80 vintage WWII vehicles joined the colorful procession in honor of Dutch Liberation Day.
It was great to see so many young people in the crowds. We were especially privileged to spend time with 92-year-old U.S. veteran Robert Izumi from California, a highly decorated member of the Japanese-American Nisei Battalion and 101st Airborne Division who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and went on later to serve heroically in Korea and Vietnam.
Learn more about Robert Izumi and the annual Het Gooi Bevrijd commemorations at www.hetgooibevrijd.nl.