The following activities are organized by our partner Committee 4th and May 5th Wageningen (C45W)
- Remembrance Day on May 4th
- Liberation fire relay
- Program De Dreijen
- Liberation festival
Click on the logo of the C45W for more information.
In October 2007, the then State Secretary of Defence, Mr. Van der Knaap, asked Mr. C.G.A. Cornielje, the Royal Commissioner of Gelderland, to act as chairman of the NCHC and to renew the organisation. He accepted the position and is now the current chairman.
b.d. M.F.P. van den Broek
De heer G.J.M. van Rumund
Burgemeester van Wageningen
Prof. Dr. J.C.H. Blom
De heer A. van Liempt
Dr. Y.J.H. Breukink
Ir. H.A. Otten
|ADVISORS OF THE BOARD|
Commandeur H. Itzig Heine
Prof. Mr. P. van Vollenhoven
All executive responsibilities lies within the project office. The project office falls under the jurisdiction of Mr. E. Dumrese.
The most important matters regarding the renewed (as of 1 October 2008) NCHC 1945 Wageningen concern the following:
1. The new NCHC mission statement: “To commemorate nationally, in the city of Wageningen, the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945 and in particular, the surrender of German and Japanese forces. To ensure the commemoration stays relevant and meaningful to current and future generations, activities based on the topics of peace, freedom, security and human rights are held.”
2. Every year, the commemoration has a unique character and theme, such as a length of red thread carried through the symposium, the commemoration service and procession. The theme in 2009 was: 60 Years NATO.
3. The Royal Commissioner of the province Gelderland, Mr. C.G.A. Cornielje, is the chairman of the NCHC Wageningen.
4. The commemoration service in the church "Johannes de Doper" in Wageningen will open it’s doors to a wider public.500 people from across the Netherlands are invited to partake in the service and procession.
5. The commemoration focuses on the 1945 surrender and by extension on the themes of liberation, freedom and security. For the procession, this means a focus on World War II-related veterans (and resistance movements). There is also a strong international presence with the military units of our liberators being well represented. Successors of the original troops also partake. In keeping with the annual theme, a maximum of 400 veterans join the procession, and in 2009 these veterans were those who took part in NATO-missions. In comparison to previous years, there is a stronger focus on the youth. For example, a themed school project which builds-up throughout the year to culminate on the 5th of May in Wageningen. Marching bands join the parade to add a musical atmosphere, which necessarily restricts the number of veterans. It is important to remember that the objective of 5 May is to commemorate our liberation but not to honour the veterans. For that, Veterans’ Day was established in 2005.
6. The public activities at De Dreijen remain part of the program and are the responsibility of The Committee 4th and 5th May Wageningen.
7. In 2009 the project ’Witness Our Past’ was created. This project is an audio and visual showcase of stories and accounts of veterans from the period ’40-’45.
8. The cooperation between the Committee 4th and 5th May Wageningen and NCHC 1945 Wageningen is enhanced through the joining of the two project offices, although they both still retain their individual identities. On an operational level, this has created a maximised executive organisation that is more cost aware and effective in it’s execution.