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Modern Liberation

Netherlands Carillon, George Washington Memorial Parkway

 
 
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By Devry Jones, February 2, 2019
1. Modern Liberation Marker
Inscription.  The Netherlands Carillon was dedicated on May 5, 1960, on the 15th anniversary of the Netherlands' liberation from Nazi Germany. In gratitude for American aid received during and after World War II, the Dutch people rallied to support the memorial proposed by the Dutch government. This democratic cooperation reflected our two nations' solidarity behind democratic principles, especially as the Cold War grew in intensity.

Dutch architect Joost W.C. Boks designed the 127 foot tower in contrast to older European architecture that some considered to be fascist. The tower's abstract design, with its Piet Mondrian-like rectangular shapes, raised some eyebrows because it was the first modernist steel memorial associated with the otherwise classical stone architecture on the National Mall. Today the Netherlands Carillon—in view of the Capitol Washington, Monument, and Lincoln Memorial—stands as an exclamation point on the symbolic lines of Washington, DC.

From the People of the Netherlands to the People of the United States
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department
Modern Liberation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 2, 2019
2. Modern Liberation Marker
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational AreasPeaceWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is May 5, 1960.
 
Location. 38° 53.3′ N, 77° 4.154′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on North Marshall Drive east of North Meade Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27 Ord and Weitzel Drive, Arlington VA 22209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harmony of Friendship (here, next to this marker); "Lest We Forget - We Stand on Your Shoulders" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Place Where Memories Are Made (about 700 feet away); 70,000 Marines Helped Raise That Flag on Iwo Jima (about 700 feet away); Missions Critical (about 700 feet away); A Split Second Made Immortal (about 800 feet away); Battle Honors Unending (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Marines' Fiercest Fighting of World War II (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
The Netherlands Carillon image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, February 2, 2019
3. The Netherlands Carillon
From the people of the Netherlands
to the people of the United States
of America
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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