Like every year, the fire was lit at midnight on the 5 May Square in Wageningen. The liberation fire symbolizes the transition from May 4 (National Remembrance Day) to May 5 (Liberation Day).
After Marie Scott lit the fire, the flame spread to dozens of congregations across the country. This was done with the help of 1700 relay runners.
Scott – with the help of Wageningen mayor Floor Vermeulen – lit the fire at Hotel de Wereld. In May 1945, negotiations on the capitulation of the German occupiers were held there.
The 96-year-old war veteran was active during World War II. For example, she was with the liaison service of the British army in Portsmouth. On and after D-Day, the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944, she relayed messages to the front.
Very elderly veterans
Together with fifteen other British veterans, Scott traveled to the Netherlands on Wednesday to attend the commemoration of the end of the Second World War.
The very elderly veterans will also take the lead in the Liberation Defile in Wageningen on 5 May. About 1500 veterans from numerous missions in which the Netherlands has participated since the Second World War will participate in the parade.
The fire from Wageningen is lit, among other things, at the fourteen Liberation Festivals that are taking place in the country today.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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