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India to host service for WW martyrs in Netherlands

Press Trust of India  |  Amsterdam 

will hold a remembrance day service in the Netherlands to honour the sacrifices made by the commonwealth forces during the first and second world wars.

The ceremony will be held on Sunday at the Westduin cemetery in The Hague.

India's ambassador to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony along with the ambassadors of other commonwealth countries would lay wreaths on the graves of the soldiers.

The ambassador will read the poem 'The Gift of India' by Indian poet Sarojini Naidu which speaks about the contribution of Indian soldiers in World War I, according to a statement by the Indian Embassy here.

A special photo exhibition showcasing the contribution of Indian soldiers in the World War I will also be displayed by the Indian Embassy at the Westduin cemetery after the service, it said.

The exhibition will be moved to the city hall in The Hague and will be displayed at the Atrium from November 13 to November 17.

"The forces of undivided played a significant part in both world wars. Her (undivided India) 163,000 dead are buried and commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in war cemeteries in 60 countries," the statement said.

The Commonwealth Graves Commission marks and maintains the graves of the commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars, maintains memorials of the dead whose graves are unknown and provides records of these 1.7 million burials and commemorations found in most countries throughout the world.

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 19:22 IST