May 15, 2020. On October 12, 2019 a memorial panel to honour the crew of Halifax L9561 was placed in Wons, near the crash site where Flight Sgt Elmer Bagnall MUTTART lost his life. (See On The War Memorial Trail…..The Memorial Panel In Wons Is Unveiled!)
On May 4, 2020, the village of Wons remembered the victims of WW2 in their community. Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions on social gatherings, it was not a public ceremony.
Bottje Tilstra, the village secretary, was kind enough to send a video taken of the memorial ceremony in Wons. You can watch the ceremony by the memorial panel at this link: http://www.dorpwons.nl/assets/img/gallerij/2020/VID-20200513-WA0000.mp4. People in the video are:
- Knilles Elgersma (presenting bouquet), Chair of the village council
- Bugler is Boukje Elgersma, 1st trumpeter of the village music ensemble Hosanna
- Dirk Stoffels (with beard) – member of the May 4 Committee
- Dooitze van den Berg – photographer
How wonderful that the village included the Halifax L9561 memorial panel in their annual May 4 Remembrance of the War Dead ceremonies! (For more information on this annual event in The Netherlands see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_of_the_Dead.)
If you haven’t seen our video about Halifax L9561, “He Died That We Might Live“, you can watch it here:
Pieter is still busy with researching Canadian soldiers. If you have photos or information to share, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the blog.