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Fallen athletes remembered on Memorial Day

...The Statue of Prometheus...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - For the eighth time, athletes who fell victim during World War II due to their background, race, religion or other reasons, were remembered today, May 4, which is National Memorial Day in the Netherlands.

In front of the historic Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, there were three speeches, then five wreaths in the Olympic colors were placed near the statue of Prometheus, the symbol of freedom, knowledge and independency. The Memorial attracts more and more visitors every year.

The theme for this years Memorial was 'the Netherlands Olympic Committee in the war years'.

Speeches were held by Eric van der Burg (Alderman of Sports for the Municipality of Amsterdam) and Paul Slettenhaar (Chairman of city-borough Amsterdam-Zuid).

After two minutes of silence and the playing of the Dutch National Anthem, the ceremony ended. Hereafter, in the stadium, several activities were organized.

The statue of Prometheus, where the wreaths were placed, was erected exactly 65 years ago. Family-members of the architect of the statue attended today's memorial.

(May 4)

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