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August 15th is the annual commemoration of the end of WWII in the former Dutch East Indies. An event in which we honor those who suffered and sacrificed their lives.

The Indo Project is proud to be present at major events held in The Netherlands representing all the Indos worldwide who were deeply affected by this war. We share these events with you below.

Commemoration at Nationale Indië Herdenking – Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam

The Indo Project's wreath. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
The Indo Project's wreath. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Patricia Teunisse and Priscilla McMullen from The Indo Project spent a moment of silence in respect of those who suffered and perished during WWII. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Patricia Teunisse and Priscilla McMullen from The Indo Project spent a moment of silence in respect of those who suffered and perished during WWII. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
KNIL soldier in uniform. (Ferry Brouwer von Gonzenbach). Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
KNIL soldier in uniform. (Ferry Brouwer von Gonzenbach). Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Peggy Stein, organizer of the event and founder of Indisch Platform/Indisch Kwestie 2.0, and Hester van Buren, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Peggy Stein, organizer of the event and founder of Indisch Platform/Indisch Kwestie 2.0, and Hester van Buren, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Wieteke van Dort and Willem Nijholt. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Wieteke van Dort and Willem Nijholt. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Kareen Richard and Berry Grondhuis. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Kareen Richard and Berry Grondhuis. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Priscilla McMullen and Patricia Teunisse representing The Indo Project in the audience. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam
Priscilla McMullen and Patricia Teunisse representing The Indo Project in the audience. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Palace at de Dam, Amsterdam

Commemoration at Nationale Indië Herdenking – Indisch Monument, Den Haag

The row of wreaths. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Indo Indisch Monument, Den Haag
The row of wreaths. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Indisch Monument, Den Haag
The defile of distinguished guests. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Indisch Monument, Den Haag
The defile of distinguished guests. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Indisch Monument, Den Haag
Ottilie Cools representing The Indo Project & placing the bouquet. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Indisch Monument, Den Haag
Ottilie Cools representing The Indo Project & placing the bouquet. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Indisch Monument, Den Haag
Ottilie Cools representing The Indo Project & placing the bouquet. Nationale Indië Herdenking - Indisch Monument, Den Haag
A rainbow appears towards the end of Herdenking (Commemoration). Nationale Indië Herdenking - Indisch Monument, Den Haag
A rainbow appears towards the end of Herdenking (Commemoration). Nationale Indië Herdenking - Indisch Monument, Den Haag

Commemorations in Arnhem, Netherlands

As a board member of The Indo Project, Josina Hillsland accompanied our chairman Priscilla McMullen to Sawah Belanda Arnhem to lay flowers at the monument for the commemoration of all war victims in the Dutch East Indies. This commemoration was a celebration with music, dance, an interview with Priscilla and a lecture by Marion Bloem.

Commemorations in the United States

The Socal Herdenking Committee “August 15, 1945” laid the last wreath as a committee on August 12, 2022, at the Los Angeles National Cemetery at the Indo Memorial Monument. Committee members in attendance were: Emy van Lommel, Bert Been, Ingrid Smith, Theo Engelbert, Ivonne Gerrits, Auke & Greet Mensink (retired President), Regina Poepaart & Marsha, An & Linda Schoew, and Hank & Sandra Ly (President).

SoCal Herdenking Committee members in attendance were: Emy van Lommel, Bert Been,Ingrid Smith, Theo Engelbert, Ivonne Gerrits, Auke & Greet Mensink (retired President), Regina Poepaart & Marsha, An & Linda Schoew, and Hank & Sandra Ly (President).
SoCal Herdenking Committee members in attendance were: Emy van Lommel, Bert Been,Ingrid Smith, Theo Engelbert, Ivonne Gerrits, Auke & Greet Mensink (retired President), Regina Poepaart & Marsha, An & Linda Schoew, and Hank & Sandra Ly (President).

Inscription on the Indo Memorial Monument reads: “De Geest Overwint”… in dedication to the memory of the members of the Armed Forces, resistance fighters, and civilians who lost their lives in The Netherlands and East Indies and areas of Southeast Asia during World War II. MAY THEY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

In commemoration of the SoCal annual event at the L.A. National cemetery for the Herdenking Augustus 15, 1945 memorial, below was the last event held honoring those that have lost their lives in the Dutch East Indies. This SoCal event was last held and recorded in 2019 but due to COVID-19, the Herdenking group had to cancel large group events. Please watch and remember why we commemorate this date of Herdenking

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