Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Symbol of Friendship
WWII tied the United States and the Netherlands together as allies for the first time in history. During WWI, the Netherlands remained neutral. However, peaceful co-existence was shattered when Germany invaded The Netherlands on May 10, 1940. Later, when the United States was drawn into WWII with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, The Netherlands declared war on Japan.
The United States joined the Allied Campaign to free Nazi-occupied countries in western Europe. Although The Netherlands was occupied, the underground efforts of the Dutch resistance made this task less difficult. The Dutch transmitted intelligence to the Allies and provided escape routes for Allied plane crews to Great Britain and Switzerland. In addition, although 100,000 Dutch Jews were murdered in German concentration camps, thousands were saved through these same escape routes.
The first American units crossed The Netherland with the Allied forces in September, 1944, freeing the southern part of The Netherlands. However, the heavily populated western territories
Continued military pressure forced Germany to surrender The Netherlands on May 5, 1945. Although liberation ended this human tragedy, the price was high. Approximately 240,000 Dutch civilians died during WWII, and thousands of U. S. soldiers remained behind. Today, many rest in Margraten, the U. S. Military Cemetery in the south of The Netherlands.
Following WWII, the idea for presenting a symbolic gift to The United States met with generous response from all sections of The Netherlands. The original 49 carillon bells were inscribed with symbols representing the different facets of Dutch society.
The Carillon Today
Today, the Carillon has 50 bells. The 50th bell was presented to President Clinton by Netherlands Prime Minister Wim Kok on February 28, 1995. The bell symbolizes 50 years of friendship. Its inscription:
1945 - 1995
Freedom - Friendship
The Netherlands - The United States
Restoring The Carillon
The restoration of the Carillon and the addition of the 50th bell were made possible
ABN AMRO BANK
KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES
J. P. VAN EESTEREN
Location. 38° 53.3′ N, 77° 4.152′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Marshall Drive and Jefferson Davis Highway on Marshall Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Let Freedom Ring (here, next to this marker); "Lest We Forget - We Stand on Your Shoulders" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Flag Raisings (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States Marine Corps War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Making A Memorial History Of The U. S. Marine Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle For Iwo Jima (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
Categories. • Notable Buildings • War, World II •
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