April 10, 2018
Time: 6:30-10 p.m.
Speaker: Willem Braam, Het Gooi Bevrijd Committee
May 5th Liberation Day Parade: Honoring WWII Veterans
Bevrijdingsdag (Liberation Day) in the Netherlands is a unique experience, in part because so many Dutch citizens still remember that day on May 5, 1945, when the Allied Army liberated their country from German occupation.
Our At Night speaker, Willem Braam, is head of the Het Gooi Bevrijd committee. This unique event brings WWII veterans to t'Gooi with a three-day remembrance and celebration to honor those who fought in the Netherlands for the Allied Army. The highlight is a parade of WWII-era jeeps, motorcycles and military trucks which wend their way through 11 towns in t' Gooi.
One of this year's honorees is a 93-year old veteran who will be traveling from California to take part in the celebration.
Willem frequently meets with WWII veterans from all over the world and will share his experiences about how he is helping to honor the "Greatest Generation" — and bring their stories to the new generation.