Because there is a great possibility that this website will be visited by english-speaking people we have chosen to make a seperate page in this language. It also is possible to translate the site by using the translationfunction of Google, but in that case we can’t guarantee a reliable translation.
The wargraves-comittee of Sittard in the Netherlands is a civil organisation and exists since 1946. Then already it was official acknowledged by the National Comité and the Dutch Minister of War.
By anual remembering the committee wants to due respect to those who gave their lives for our peace, freedom and prosperity.
In our city of Sittard, in the district Limburg (south of the Netherlands), there is a commonwealth warcemetery. More than 230 British people, who lost their lives in warsituations around here, are burried in this cemetery.
There are also 20 graves of commonwealth soldiers in the common cemetery of Sittard. For location and more information we have a page with very useful links to other places in the internet.
Every year on Remembrance Day we organize a religious service in the Big Church of Sittard with military presence. After that there is an official wreathlaying in the cemetery, in which the mayor of the town and other highplaced persons, also from the joint forces, take part. Both activities are very touching and dignified. They are worthwile visiting, which we kindly recommend.
Every year we also arrange for some relatives of one of the in Sittard burried soldiers a visit to the ceremonies on poppysunday.
So if you yourself are one and you are interested of taking part in the ceremony as a guest of honor, we encourage you to contact us so that we can arrange and plan your visit. There is a yearly budget to compensate a part of your expenses.
We hope you can appreciate our website, the pictures and the stories as far as you can read them.
By doing all this we want to confirm also the strong bond between dutch and commonwealth countries. We will always remember those, who gave their lives so unselfishly for our freedom.
Our foundation nowadays further takes part in educational projects so that also the younger generations learn to realize themselves what sacrifices had to be made to live in freedom and prosperity.
If you have any questions, just phone or mail the members of the comittee. They are all used to speak in english. It would also be nice to give attention to other people about our actvities and this website.
For more information you can also use the internetlinks. Most of them are in english !
We look forward to have contact with you, and maybe even to your visit to Sittard.
Thank you for being our guest.
The wargraves committee of Sittard.Dear Guest,
As there is a great possibility that our website will be visited by English-speaking people, we have chosen to create a separate page in this language. It is also possible to translate the site by using the translation function of Google, but if you choose to do this, we can’t guarantee a reliable translation.
The Sittard Wargraves Committee in the Netherlands, is a civilian organization which has been in existence since 1946.
The aim of the Wargraves Committee is to honour and respect those who gave their lives for our freedom in the Netherlands and to keep their memory alive, by means of various ceremonies of Remembrance at local cemeteries and a multi-national Service of Remembrance in the church in Sittard on Remembrance Sunday.
In our city Sittard, which lies in the heart of the Southern province of Limburg in The Netherlands, there is a Commonwealth War Cemetery. More than 230 British servicemen and one woman, who lost their lives as a result of war, in and around this area, are buried in this cemetery.
Commonwealth servicemen are also buried in the city cemetery in Sittard. For the exact location of the cemeteries and more information about the people buried there, we have a page with very useful links on the Internet.
Every year on Remembrance Sunday the War Graves Committee organizes a multi-national Service of Remembrance in the Main Church of Sittard. This service is attended by military personnel of various nationalities, both serving and retired. At the end of the service in the church, there is an official wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery. The mayor of Sittard, other local civilian dignitaries and senior officers from joint forces, attend the ceremony and lay wreaths. Both activities are very moving and dignified. We would highly recommend them to you to attend.
Every year we arrange for relatives of one of the servicemen or women, who are buried in Sittard, to attend the ceremonies at the cemeteries and the special Remembrance Sunday service, as guests of honour.
So, if you are one of the relatives and you are interested in taking part in the ceremonies and the church service, we encourage you to contact us so that we can arrange and plan your visit. There is an annual budget to compensate a part of your expenses.
We hope you are able to enjoy our website, the pictures and all the stories. In this way, we want to confirm the strong bond between Dutch and Commonwealth countries. We will always remember those, who gave their lives so unselfishly for our freedom. We show our gratitude for their sacrifice, by our continued remembrance.
Our foundation also takes part in educational projects, so that younger generations learn about and understand the sacrifices that had to be made in the past, so that we can live in freedom and prosperity today.
If you have any questions, just phone or mail the members of the committee. They are all used to speaking in English.
For more information you can also use the Internet links. Most of them are in English!
We look forward to having contact with you, and perhaps even to your visit.