World War II Memorial at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Picture: Rijksoverheid) - Credit: World War II Memorial at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Picture: Rijksoverheid)
Tuesday, 5 May 2015 - 11:30
New WWII memorial unveiled at Foreign Ministry
A new World War II memorial was unveiled at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Remembrance day on Monday. This memorial commemorates Ministry employees who died in the war. Secretary General Renee Jones-Bos unveiled the the bronze plaque with the names of the 10 Foreign Ministry employees killed in the war. "Today we commemorate the victims of World War II. Among these are also men and women who worked for the ministry at the time." Jones-Bos said. The Secretary-General laid down a wreath and those present observed a minute's silence. The plaque that had been hanging in the ministry since 1949 contained only 6 names. It only turned out later that another 4 employees had died in the war. With the 70th anniversary of the end of the war coming up, the Ministry found it appropriate to have a new plaque made.