865 Candles light up War Cemetery on Christmas Eve

For the first time the Soviet War Cemetery in Leusden will be illuminated on Christmas Eve. Shortly after sundown volunteers will light 865 candles so that the darkness will be lifted from all the graves.

Christmas is traditionally a symbol of light. With small bulbs in the Christmas tree, an Advent star in the window and burning candles on the table we try our utmost to chase away the dark, at least from our houses and from our hearts. On 24 December, just before we immerse ourselves in the X-mas feeling with friends and family, we want to show the power of that light on the War Cemetery.

“These war victims are buried far from home and their families cannot simply visit their grave. So that is why this year we will light a candle for them”, says Remco Reiding, the founder of the Stichting Russisch Ereveld, who keeps the memory alive of the Soviet soldiers interred in Leusden.

The candles will be put in place on Sunday 24 December as from 16.30 hours. We welcome anyone willing to help in this endeavor (please register via info@sovjet-ereveld.nl). This project was realized with the assistance of Rusthof cemetery.

Afterwards we will gather in the front court of Rusthof cemetery. As always hot drinks will be served, while a choir sings carols and everyone can hang a bauble with a message or wish in the Christmas tree.