Modified remembrance on May 4, 2021

These pictures show the modified commemoration on May 2020

Dear residents of Oegstgeest,


Last year we were still hopeful that the year 2021 would be different from 2020. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. We are dealing with a pandemic that has far-reaching consequences for the well-being of everyone. Many people have a hard time at this time, for example because they become lonely or see their life's work evaporate at a rapid pace. No events or gatherings may take place at this time. A "normal" commemoration on May 4 is also not possible, which we obviously find very annoying. We have no choice but to organize an alternative ceremony, entirely in accordance with the current legally permitted rules. This means that the annual commemoration in the Bos van Wijckerslooth will take place, but without an audience. The ceremony will be short, but dignified.

In addition to the wreaths and flowers that will be placed at the monument in the Bos van Wijckerslooth, flowers will placed too on the war graves at the Groene Kerkje and at the Halifax monument at the Kleyn Profijtlaan in Haaswijk.

 

This is because this day we also commemorate the soldiers who fell in war actions in or around Oegstgeest and are buried here. We also commemorate the resistance fighters who operated in or from Oegstgeest and of course the Jewish residents of Oegstgeest including the deported and murdered residents of Endegeest.
Of course it is possible to visit the monuments in our village yourself (take into account the applicable measures). Background information of the people on the monument can be found on this website.

The National Commemoration will be organized this year, again in a sober form. This will be broadcast on television, so that at 8 p.m. we can reflect for 2 minutes on the Dutch war victims, civilians and soldiers who have been killed or murdered in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or anywhere in the world, since the outbreak of the Second World War and then in war situations and peacekeeping operations.

Lest we forget.

On behalf of the Comité Herdenken en Vieren
Linda van der Zon - Bronsgeest (chairman)