Netherlands honours war veterans

25th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

For the seventh time, the Netherlands has honoured its 120,000 war veterans with a number of ceremonies and events, most of them in The Hague.

During a ceremony in The Hague’s oldest and grandest government building, with Crown Prince Willem-Alexander in attendance, Prime Minister Mark Rutte dwelled on the numerous contributions made by Dutch veterans.

An open-air event nearby featured performances by well-known singers and groups.

In the run-up to the event, on Friday 200 motorcyclists set out from various towns across to the country—Den Helder, Vlissingen, Maastricht and Gronginen—to converge on The Hague on Saturday.

In the afternoon, the crown prince took the salute from the parading troops and veterans after a fly-past of historic and modern aircraft and helicopters.

Last year, the event drew 70,000 people.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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