On Sunday, the American Cemetery Margraten in Limburg commemorates American soldiers who died during the Second World War. King Willem-Alexander will lay a wreath there on Sunday afternoon. The ceremony will be broadcast live from 2:45 PM on NPO1, Radio 1 and NOS.nl.
Because it was 75 years ago that the Netherlands was liberated from the Germans, the commemoration at the cemetery would be tackled this year. However, this could not continue due to the corona crisis. The commemoration will therefore be held in private this year.
In addition to the king, a number of prominent figures are present on the war cemetery on Sunday. For example, the American ambassador Pete Hoekstra gives a speech. The King’s Commissioner Theo Bovens, Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld and the Mayor of Eijsden-Margraten, Dieudonné Akkermans, are also present.
Monday is United States Memorial Day. It honors Americans who died in their military service. It is customary that the commemoration in Margraten takes place on the Sunday before. In 2005, then President George Bush attended the memorial.
Margraten American Cemetery. (Photo: WikiCommons)