First International Veterans Day in Brunssum
1 October; The first International Veterans Day
took place in the town of Brunssum. Commencing with a memorial service at the
site of the WWII American Soldier in Dorpstraat, the programme embraced a
Veterans Parade through the town (Dorpstraat to Linderplein), a static military
vehicle display, a number of stalls selling military memorabilia, a range of
attractions / activities for children and an evening concert with proceeds
being donated to local veterans charities.
Amongst others, wreaths were laid in recognition of the sacrifice and ongoing
contribution made by veterans to global peace and security by: Mayor Luc
Winants (Brunssum Mayor); General Salvatore Farina (Commander JFC Brunssum);
Lieutenant General Bart Hoitink (Inspector General of the Dutch Armed Forces);
and Wing Commander James Lafferty (on behalf of the British Embassy in the
An outstanding event in every respect the day was a fitting tribute to veterans
and its success attributable to dedicated and conscientious planning.