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Dutch remembrance

An annual service to commemorate the end of the Second World War, the liberation of the Netherlands from German occupation and the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers is to take place Wednesday in White Rock.

The May 4 tribute, organized by the Netherlands Association ‘Je Maintiendrai’, is set for 6:30 p.m. by the cenotaph outside city hall, 15322 Buena Vista Ave.

The ‘Dodenherdenking’ (Remembrance of the Dead) service is planned “to maintain tradition and respect,” writes organizer Jerry DeWit, in a letter asking White Rock council for permission. DeWit explains that a dwindling number of attendees led staff of the Netherlands Consulate to deem the expense of holding the service in Vancouver could no longer be justified.

Council voted unanimously last month to allow the service to be held in White Rock, provided there would be no cost to the city.

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