National Military Museum get flag from D-day in loan
The National Military Museum (NMM) in Soesterberg will get a special American flag on loan. It is going to be the flag that the Americans on their invasievloot had used during D-day in 1944.
The museum will receive the flag from Thursday; then also opens a special exhibition on this theme. The director of the museum, Hedwig Saam, receives the flag during a military ceremony.
The minister of Defence, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and about twenty American veterans who have fought during the Second world War are present. Dutch soldiers are there Thursday.
The flag flew on the U.s. navy LCC 60, on 6 June 1944, the invasievloot led in Normandy. Commander of the landing craft Howard Vander Beek, whose father been born in the Netherlands, was the lieutenant. He had the flag up until his death in 2014.
Hereinafter, this by a Dutch family in June at an auction bought. That family will now have the flag on loan. The exhibition is on until the end of this year, at the NMM.