Memorial Day

The Government of St. Maarten observed Memorial Day (“Dodenherdenkingsdag”) on Thursday, similar to the other countries within the Dutch Kingdom, at Captain Hodge Wharf in Philipsburg. During this National Commemoration Day all Dutch victims – civilians and soldiers – who have been killed or murdered in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or anywhere else in the world in war situations or during peace-keeping operations since the outbreak of the Second World War, were commemorated.

A short ceremony took place on Thursday afternoon that also included a number of dignitaries, including President of the Collectivité of St. Martin Daniel Gibbs, who had earlier paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister William Marlin. Those taking part in the official wreath-laying ceremony were Acting Governor Reynold Groeneveldt, President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams and Marlin.

Source: The Daily Herald