National Remembrance Day: “We will never forget”

POSTED: 05/7/12 1:15 PM

St. Maarten -It was a solemn sight last Friday morning when state officials, law enforcement agencies and members of the clergy converged at the Captain Hodge Wharf in Philipsburg to pay homage to the veterans of World War 2.  Remembrance Day 2012 had the traditional wreath laying ceremony performed by Governor Eugène Holiday, President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell and Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. They also inspected the honor guard under an overcast sky. Half hour after the commemoration ceremony began; the flags for both the Netherlands and St.Maarten were hoisted and flown at half-mast.

Curious onlookers, most of whom were tourists joined with those gathered; silently saying “we will never forget.” Minister of Health Cornelius de Weever was also present at the National Remembrance Day event.

World War 2 began officially on September 1, 1939 and ended with the Japanese finally signing official documents of their surrender on September 2, 1945. It has been recorded as the deadliest conflict in human history because of the over 70 million casualties.

As one of minute of silence was being observed for those who died during the war, many reflected on sacrifices made by brave men and women to end the tyranny of countries such as Germany which formed part of the ‘Axis of Evil’.

There are still many veterans alive from among the 100 million people who served in military units during that time. They defended countries such as the Netherlands that was invaded by the Nazis in May 1940.

Friday’s ceremony was also marked by prayers for the fallen, their families and survivors of this global event which brought with it the holocaust as well as ingenious ways of waging nuclear and biological warfare.

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