This year, 75 years after the end of the Second World War, eight families have learned that their father or grandfather is no longer missing in action. He lies buried at the Soviet Military Cemetery. The board of the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation will place a candle on their graves on Christmas Eve.
As a result of the corona crisis the Evening of Lights cannot go ahead this year. In agreement with our partner and neighbour the Crematorium and Graveyards Amersfoort the board of the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation has decided to refrain from placing of candles on all war graves on 24 December. In light of Covid-19 it would take too many volunteers.
“It is very regrettable that in these difficult times such a beautiful, comforting ceremony cannot be held”, says Remco Reiding, director of the Soviet Military Cemetery Foundation. “But we must not endanger peoples’ health.”
Yet the soldiers buried at the Soviet Military Cemetery need not be forgotten this Christmas. “We ask all those who have adopted a soldier to light a candle for him at home”, says Reiding. “We in turn will place a candle on the graves of eight soldiers whose family was traced and informed just this year.”