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Veterans Remembered on Rotterdam

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Captain Robert-Jan Kan speaking.

Today, along with the fleet, Rotterdam held a remembrance/veterans day service on the aft deck. November 11th may have been a Port Day in Morocco, but shortly after 10:00 a.m. (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) a number of guests took time away from their day to remember those who sacrificed for their countries in the name of freedom and for many who made the ultimate sacrifice. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ted Arnold, Rotterdam’s SEH Officer, wore his Army uniform and solemnly marched into the remembrance service with a wreath, where Captain Robert-Jan Kan posted it and saluted as the guests looked on in silence. Brief comments were made by the Captain and Lt. Col. Arnold and even a few guests gave their thanks to the members of the armed services in their respective countries. Just before a closing prayer by Fr. Cerezo, one Canadian guest stepped to the podium and read the poignant poem “In Flanders Field” written in May of 1915 by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. A little later, all souls aboard were asked to observe a moment of silence when Captain Kan sounded the ship’s whistle at 11:00 a.m. and made a ship-wide Veteran’s Day announcement.

Event Opens - Morocco behind

Myself speaking at the podium.

Guest Flanders Fld

Guest reciting the poem 'In Flanders Field.'

SEH - Lt. Col. Arnold with wreath

SEH and Lt. Col. Arnold with wreath.

Captain and SEH place wreath.

Captain and SEH place wreath.

Thom Faulkner is Rotterdam’s cruise director.

  • Ellen

    Thank you for showing observance on Remembrance Day of those who have served their countries in conflict. Old adages like ‘those who ignore their history are doomed to repeat it’ come to mind. Here in Canada, particularly SK, we take Nov 11 very much to heart…it’s a ‘holiday’ here, and many go to the Cenotaphs to observe the 2 minutes of silence today. Schools also spend a lot of time and energy acquainting students with the sacrifices of not just the soldiers/armed forces, but the citizens caught in the shows of force.

    I’m grateful you take the TIME to do this. And if others haven’t heard the song, I urge you to track down a song by Terry Kelly called ‘Pittance of Time’. It was written to narrate the writer’s reaction to seeing a man and child in a store during the 2 minutes of remembrance, where others were taking the time to remember, and the man for whatever reason, chose to continue his shopping.

    Thank you, HAL.

  • Mary Pavich

    I am so glad that this ceremony took place on the ship. Wonderful in this writer’s opinion.

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