On 4 december 1943 four of seven crewmen died during a crash of the LW343 bomber, the three who survived were captured by the Germans. On the 26th of september 2020 we stood still, to remember these soldiers.
The crew from the Halifax originated from Canada and the United Kingdom. Representatives of the embassies of both countries, as well as the deputy mayor of Hollands Kroon, were present during the official revealing ceremony of the remembrance post.
Many intrest was shown, compareable to the earlier unveiling in Kolhorown, during the unveiling by Cor Zwirs and Deputy mayor Mary van Gent. The ceremony was moreover accponied by the presence of WOII veterans. Multiple national anthems as well as Last Post were performed, which temporarily halted traffic on the Kerkweg.
Flowers and wreaths were placed in front of the rememberencepost. The importance of not forgetting the many young soldiers who perished when fighting for our freedom, was made clear during the speeches of the deputy mayor of Hollands-Kroon and sergant Jo-Anne Wiseman of the Canadian Embassy. Cor Zwirs shared his memories of these times in an inspiring manner. He shared many interesting stories during this ceremony and in the afternoon at Streekcentrum Oud Anna Paulowna.
Chris Dijkshoorn, member of the board of our foundation, took the charge of organizing this ceremony. He received many positive responses during this ceremony, which allows us to conclude that this ceremony was successful. Matthijs from NH Nieuws reported on this unveiling in this video. More photos can be be found in our photo gallery
Remembrance post unveiled in Kolhorn
In 2020, 75 years after the liberation, the foundation had planned to unveil 8 remembrance posts. Due to the Coronavirus things turned out differently. But 5 September was the turning point; the first unveiling of 2020!
Chris Dijkshoorn organized the program of this day. In his introduction speech Chris told that parts of the crashed Lancaster fell on the house he currently lives with his family. From the seven crew members, three were from Australia.
The Australian ambassador, accompanied by his wife, visited Kolhorn especially for this occasion. In his speech he stressed out that the freedom nowadays we consider as normal was made possible by the heroic work of these young soldiers of which so many lost their lives in the battle.
At the age of 15, Wilhelmina Struik, eye witnessed the crash of the Lancaster. She shared her memories and stories with Chris and together with the Australian ambassador, she unveiled the remembrance post. A beautiful ceremony where Dirk Bak played the national anthems of Australia, England and the Netherlands.
After the unveiling the group made their way to the cemetery where the crashed crew members of the Lancaster are buried. After the speech of Rian van Dam, mayor of Hollands Kroon, she laid a wreath at remembrance post in honour of these young soldiers. ‘The Last Post’ was played by Dirk Bak during this ceremony. The presence of 10 veterans completed the ceremonial actions at the remembrance post and the cemetery.
SHKK receives a cheque form Wind fund Wieringermeer
We are very proud that just recently we have received the generous contribution of €6000-, out of the Wind Fund Wieringermeer. On June 3, 2020 the board of the foundation Windloket handed over the cheque to the board members of our foundation. Everything is recorded in this short film clip.
All this was reason for the Noordhollands Dagblad to have an interview with Chris and place an article on June 15th newspaper.
Chris and Mark in NH-news about the monuments tour.
NH published an interesting article, including a short clip, about the new monuments tour. Chris Dijkhoorn and Mark Hakvoort talk about the importance of remembering the pilots and crew members who have fought for our freedom.
Contribution Mondriaan fund
Recently, the board of this foundation has applied for a contribution out of the Mondrian fund. The public stimulation fund for visual arts and cultural heritage. We are very proud to inform you that the board of the Mondriaan fund has approved our application positively and has assigned funding to us, which will enable us to reach our goals; the placing of remembrance posts, collecting and sharing of the stories behind the crashes and remembering their crew members.
No unveiling but in the news
The Noordhollands Dagblad has published an article in which it focuses on 75-year liberation and to all the preparation taken for a big celebration. On 5 May, due to the Covid-19 virus, there are not 10 remembrance posts as planned. In the article mayor Rian van Dam poses in front of one of our two posts, placed last year
Official unveiling of the 2nd remembrance post
On 25 October 2019, the remembrance post for Ivan R Moon was placed and unveiled at Vatrop. The ceremony took place at the junction of the Vatropperroad and the Gemenelanserooad. NH-news report was present to cover this story.
The official unveiling of our first remembrance post is a fact.
On 14 September 2019, t the exact same spot where the crew of an English Whitley bomber died in 1941, the first remembrance post was placed. Eventually there will around 40 posts which will keep the stories of the deceased men alive. NH news reported extensively on this event.
The establishment of SHHK in the media
On 18 April 2019 NH news reported on the establishment of Foundation Remembrance posts Hollands Kroon. Click here for a representation.
De establishment of SHHK in the media
On 17 April 2019 Medemblik Actueel publishes an interview with Mark and Chris on their YouTube-channel. The interview is about the establishment of the foundation.