A large but little known monument in Arlington, Virginia is the The Netherlands Carillon. It’s situated near the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. The Carillon is a gift from the Dutch government to the American people in appreciation for help during World War II. I was impressed with the size of the monument and what it represents. A lot of emphases goes to what the Americans did for France during World War II and not enough is discussed on our efforts in the Netherlands. The bells ring automatically by computer and the sounds of the bells represent the voices that have were freed and the voices that never had a chance to be heard during the war. According to the information provided at the tower, Winchester Chimes play daily and special concerts are presented on Saturdays and national holidays.
Summer Concert Schedule
May and September: 2-4 p.m.
June, July, and August: 6-8 p.m.
I think the Carillon is an amazing expression of gratitude and appreciation for what so many Americans did for the Netherlands during World War II. It’s also a place where our two countries can meet and continue to build common bonds for the present and future.
Map and Directions to the Carillon
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