Preparations started for Memorial Day


GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The preparations for Memorial Day, the National Day of Remembrance, which is the day that the victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II are commemorated, have commenced.

The preparations include the relocation of the commemoration plaques at the Captain Hodge Wharf to a more publicly accessible location on the same Wharf.

May 4 is a day that is recognized throughout the Dutch Kingdom of the Netherlands.  It is important for the general public to recognize this day as it not only acknowledges the victims that have fought to defend the Dutch Kingdom, but it is also a day that signifies the freedom of the Kingdom and its people.

On May 4 all uniformed forces will participate in a silent march through Philipsburg at 3:30 p.m.

The procession will lead from Clem Labega Square via Back Street, turn in the alley at Oranje School to Front Street with the end destination the Captain Hodge Wharf, where a short ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in front of the existing plaque that commemorates local names that have fought for our freedom within the Dutch Kingdom.

The program includes a formal wreath laying ceremony during which both the Government and Parliament of Sint Maarten will lay a wreath.

Invited guests will also receive an opportunity to pay their respects with the placement of a single flower.

The general public is invited to witness this occasion as the country pays homage to our fallen victims. More information can be found on the Government’s website and Facebook.