Honours for Dutch soldiers killed in action

12th December 2009, Comments 1 comment

The relatives of 21 Dutch military who died on foreign missions have been presented with official government documents honouring the deceased.

The Hague - The relatives of 21 Dutch military who died on foreign missions have been presented with official government documents honouring the deceased. At a ceremony in The Hague Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop personally handed the documents to the relatives, who also received a commemorative sculpture.

The tradition to decorate military killed in action in this way had been abolished, but was reinstated by Minister Van Middelkoop. He described it as presenting a tangible proof of respect.

Among the recipients of the proxy honour was the Netherlands' Commander in Chief, General Peter van Uhm, whose son Dennis was killed in the Afghan province of Uruzgan last year.

The relatives of all military personnel who died on foreign missions since 1949 qualify for the distinction. Some 700 Dutch men and women in military service lost their lives over that period.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica


1 Comment To This Article

  • b4blue posted:

    on 12th December 2009, 19:52:38 - Reply

    Lets also honor innocent civilians they killed by acting as mercenaries, which is understandable, cause, what can you really expect from a soldier going to some unknown country...