Help place flowers on all war graves

This year as in every year volunteers will lay flowers on all war graves in Leusden on 3 May. During the commemoration every grave will display a bouquet.

“Now that a war is raging in Europe it is especially important to dwell on the war victims”, says Remco Reiding, director of the Soviet War Cemetery Foundation, which organizes the annual flower laying ceremony.

At the Soviet War Cemetery 865 war dead from several Soviet republics (including over one hundred Ukrainians) lie buried. Nearby, at Rusthof cemetery, approximately 300 other Allied and 175 Dutch war dead are interred. “Most relatives live far away. We do what they cannot, placing flowers on the graves of all these young men who died 80 years ago far from home.”

All in all it involves laying 1340 bouquets, so any and all assistance is welcome. Also more than one hundred photos will be placed at the graves. Anyone who wants to lend a hand on Tuesday 3 May from 13.00 till 15.00 hours please send an email to bijeenkomsten@sovjet-ereveld.nl.

The flower ceremony has been made possible thanks to the adopters of the Soviet War Cemetery Foundation, the municipalities of Leusden and Amersfoort, Rusthof cemetery, the Netherlands War Graves Foundation and Astra Fund Holland. On Sunday 15 May volunteers will remove the flowers from 10.30 till 12.00 hours.