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Dear members & friends,
In the Netherlands, every year on the 4thof May we commemorate all Dutch people who, during the Second World War or after, have given their lives in war situations and peacekeeping missions for the fatherland. Also in many places abroad, people commemorate the 4thof May through and with the Dutch community.
The Dutch community in the UAE shares this tradition and traditionally the commemoration ceremony took place on the Al Minhad Airbase in Dubai. However, this ceremony always took place with a selected small group of people. To give the Dutch community in the UAE a chance to take part in the commemoration ceremony, a different set-up has been chosen this year. The Netherlands Embassy, in collaboration with the Benelux Business Council, the Netherlands Business Council, Club NL and Language One invite you for a memorial ceremony on the 4th of May,starting 17.15 at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
Apart from the usual agenda items of the memorial ceremony such as the laying of the wreathsby representatives of the Dutch community, the reading of a poem and observing 2-minutes of silence there will be room for individual involvement through the laying of flowers (please bring your own flowers if you wish to do so). After the ceremony there will be a small reception.
We believe it will be a warm, yet appropriate ceremony, with which we contribute to keeping alive the memory of all those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We hope that you will experience the same.