Remembrance in Etten March 31
By: Gerard Hendriks
Monday, March 31 and in sunny weather the liberation of Etten is commemorated. This happened at the liberation monument in Etten. Again, this time excellently organized by the Mill Foundation and the Foundation of Village interests of Etten. With a lovely temperature (which was different than last year) gathered everyone at Cafe Kosters in the village main street. There was a complete Colour Party under the excellent leadership of Sgt At Arms Berry Swarthoff. Additionally, gathered another eight members of RCL Branch 005, who wanted to attend this commemoration. Ie RCL Branch 005 was represented with an excellent turnout at the ceremony.
After the starting signal was given by the organization, the procession marched to the monument, preceded by a piper and the Colour Party. Here were many villagers already waiting. It was a pity that the war veteran who would be present, Charles Reeves, could not be present due to an illness. We wish him a quick recovery.
The Etten’s choir provided the music. What a wonderful choir. Beautifully sung. During the singing there was really a “deafening” silence in Etten among the many spectators, who wanted to be part of this commemoration. A trumpeter played the Last Post and the Piper played after the minute of silence the Rouse. Toon Helmes acted again as master of ceremonies during the commemoration.
Then it was proceeded to lay the wreaths. Your President laid a wreath on behalf of RCL Branch 005. The Canadian Military Attaché Col Knackstedt had again as a final touch, a beautiful and emotional speech, of course half English and half Dutch.
The great choir at the end sang the national anthem.
It is getting busier and busier every year. A big compliment to the organizers. After Toon Helmes had requested the Colour Party to march of, the entire group went back to cafe Kosters, where the memorial was finished.
Immediately after the Colour Party had marched of, the church bells began to chime in Etten …………….. This was not planned, but better timing was not possible. Some guests were invited by the organizing committee in the old mill afterwards. While enjoying a cup of coffee there was a pleasant talking about this great memorial and all looked forward to next year. Also the anniversary year of Etten: 70 years Liberation.