November 19, 2019. On October 12, 2019, the memorial panel in The Netherlands to honour the crew of Halifax L9561 was unveiled. (See On The War Memorial Trail…..The Memorial Panel In Wons Is Unveiled!) After the ceremony and photo taking, we were invited to the community centre ‘it Bynt’ in Wons for a reception. It was a welcome opportunity not only to be someplace dry and warm, but also to meet the Dutch people of Wons.
The Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation had a surprise for all of us. They had prepared a booklet, explaining what happened to Halifax L9561, for schoolchildren in the area. Of course the booklet was in Dutch, but an English summary was also published for the Canadian and British guests.
Cor Politiek, the only surviving living witness to the crash, received the first copy of the booklet. The second copy went to Jonathan McLean Foreman, nephew of Halifax L9561 crew member Leslie Albert Roberts, who had to make an early departure.
Don Coutts, nephew of Elmer Muttart, was presented with the flag of Wons that had covered the memorial panel before its unveiling.
What a wonderful end to our time in Wons! Our last event of the day was a group dinner at a restaurant in the nearby community of Makkum. No one wanted this day to end! If you have stories or photos to share about the crew or the events of October 12, 2019, please contact Pieter at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the blog.
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