With EJOS I have had a busy time:
On ANZAC day in APRIL, Hans van Ess and myself represented EJOS & the Veterans at
the Birkenhead memorial.
The AGM in MAY; the minutes are in this issue printed for you to read. Pity we had not
everybody attending due to other commitments, transport or bad health. Nevertheless we
had a good interested meeting. Our guest for the day was the Honourable Dutch Consul
Renee van Rijn.
Tree roots had damaged the War memorial in the Rose Gardens and Riek de Wit her
daughter contacted the council to have it repaired. So last FEBRUARY we attended the
inauguration of the World War monument by Frans Timmermans Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of the Netherlands.
JUNE, in Holland House, I represented EJOS at the farewell for the Dutch Ambassador
Arie van Wiel, who retired. I also represented EJOS in Holland House the AGM of the
ORANJE club in JULY.
In AUGUST I organized the Commemoration of the end of WWll in followed by a
traditional Indonesian Lunch for the 50 people, at the Ponsonby Food Court. My speech is
included in this newsletter.
The Herdenking in The Hague was held AUGUST 15. Weather was good and there were
good speakers, like Gerdie Verbeet. I forwarded the Film clip by e-mail to EJOS members.
If you give me your e-mail I will keep you up-to-date with things such as this.
Mine is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I visited several people and I like to mention the one where Rudy Storm showed me a first AIRMAIL letter from his Dad to the Netherlands, dated 25 December 1933. A photo of the
letter is printed in this Newsletter.
As far as news from the Dutch Cabinet I can tell you that they have just been on recess and
we are awaiting actions from VWS Martin van Rijn.
The SJE has some remarks concerning the “Indische Kwestie” you can read in the AGM
I talked to an elderly lady and this is what she said concerning her age; I am well passed
my "TO-BE-USE-BY" date. I think this is very well put/said.Part of SJE's SEP
petition; The people of Japan must now realize and recognize the true colors of their Prime
Minister: He honors Japan’s convicted war criminals, forgets their atrocities, and glorifies
them to cover up the role and activities of his ancestors. The Japanese citizens will realize
that the war criminals are not “the foundation of modern Japan”, but give Japan a lasting
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