Ambassador Hoekstra attends Dutch Memorial Day ceremony in Opijnen

May 4 is Dutch Memorial Day.  Ambassador Hoekstra and Colonel Trevor Nitz, the chief of the Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation went to Opijnen to honor those who gave their lives to store freedom in Europe during WWII. The eight gravestones of U.S. servicemen in the Dutch village stand as a testament to those who ... Read More»

DCM Crowley speaks at the 75th commemoration of the bombing of Nijmegen

Remarks DCM Shawn P. Crowley Nijmegen Memorial, February 22, 2019 Friday, February 22, marked the 75th anniversary of the accidental bombing of Nijmegen that leveled much of the inner city and cost the lives of more than 800 people. Deputy Chief of Mission Shawn Crowley made remarks in the historic Sint Stevenskerk to mark the ... Read More»

Supreme Allied Commander General Scaparrotti joins Ambassador at World War II commemoration events

September 16 and 17 – U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti joined Ambassador Hoekstra at remembrance ceremonies honoring the events of Operation Market Garden and the liberation of the south of the Netherlands in September 1944.  Scaparrotti is the Commander of European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR).  The two first toured Operation Market Garden ... Read More»

Memorial Day ceremony honors veterans and active duty service members

The annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten is always emotional.  The ceremony is held among the names of 10,023 service men and women buried or honored in the cemetery.  Those service members died in World War II during the liberation of Europe.  Ambassador Pete Hoekstra spoke at the ceremony of ... Read More»

Fallen soldiers honored on Memorial Day weekend in Margraten

Each Memorial Day weekend, thousands of visitors travel to the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten to honor the Americans killed in World War II. On Saturday, American children from the local Boy and Girl Scout troops,  as well as other volunteers, spent several hours planting U.S. and Dutch flags on each of the 8,301 graves. ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»
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