Preparations are being finalized for National Remembrance Day 2013 on Saturday afternoon. Government will again remember the victims who fought during the Second World War.
The commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony will take place on May 4 at 5.30pm at the Captain Hodge’s Wharf in Philipsburg.
His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday, President of Parliament Hon. Rodolphe Samuel, Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams, representatives of government and uniformed officials will be in attendance.
HE Governor Holiday will inspect the honor guard followed by his line-up next to the President of Parliament and the Prime Minister.
At 5.50pm the flag of the Netherlands and of Sint Maarten will be hoisted and flown at half-mast and saluted by the honor guard. This will be followed by an invocation by a representative of the Council of Churches, theme freedom.
Two minutes of silence will be observed in memory of those who died during the war.
At 6.02pm the wreath-laying will take place by HE Governor Holiday, the Prime Minister and the President of Parliament.
The Second World War was a global war that started in 1939 and ended in 1945. It has been described as the most widespread war in history, where more than 100 million people served their countries in military groups.
Approximately 50 to 70 million people lost their lives making it the deadliest conflict in human history.