King and Prime Minister to attend Veterans' Day
His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte will attend the 10th Dutch Veterans' Day on Saturday 28 June 2014 in The Hague.
The day will start with a gathering in the Ridderzaal, where the Prime Minister will give a speech. Afterwards, a ceremony will be held on the Binnenhof, in which 80 service personnel will receive medals commemorating their participation in peace missions. In 4 cases, they will be personally awarded by the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defence, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, and other high-ranking dignitaries. After the ceremony Ms Gerdi Verbeet will present the King with a book entitled 'Ten Veterans: Their Stories'. It is being published to mark the 10th anniversary of Veterans' Day, and contains 10 stories by and about veterans. Afterwards the King will take the salute at the march past on Kneuterdijk in The Hague.
Veterans' Day is a government initiative, and is organised by the Dutch Veterans' Day Committee, with support from the Ministry of Defence. It was established to honour Dutch veterans - over 100,000 in total - who have striven for peace, from the Second World War up to the peace mission in Mali. The aim is to promote recognition and appreciation of veterans and their achievements.