This years’ annual memorial ceremonies presented by the ‘Comité 15 augustus 1945’ was held on Saturday August 11, 2012 at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. The President Mr. Auke Mensink welcomed the attendees gathered to commemorate those Dutch service men and women and citizens that lost their lives during WWII in the Dutch East Indies. Also remember were those who died during the ‘Bersiap Period’.
The Memorial Choir sang the hymns: ‘abide with me’, ‘Beveel gerust Uw wegen’, ‘be not dismayed’ and ‘whispering hope.’
Special songs by Mr. John von Bargen and The Lord’s Prayer by Mrs. Ans Schoew.
Speakers: Mr. Victor Ripassa (Master of Ceremonies), Father John Neiman (openings prayer), Mr. George Bacon (Director of L.A. National Cemetery), Mr Bart van Bolhuis (Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Mrs. Eleonore Bosman (President Wapenbroeders),
After the wreath ceremonies, tattoo and parade and floral tributes at memorial, the attendees gathered to reflect about the day with some coffee and cake.
Also present at the memorial day: Johan van Tilburg (Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in LA) and Henny Neys. Both recipients of the Dutch American Heritage Award – given by the Netherland-America Foundation in SoCal.
In the evening there was the annual ‘bevrijdingsbal’ (liberation ball) attended by over 200 members of the Dutch-Indonesian community.