By providing information, education and publicity, vfonds aims to win respect and appreciation from society for veterans and other uniformed personnel who have been involved in international peacekeeping operations in the service of the Dutch government, anywhere in the world. In order to keep the memory of the Second World War alive, the vfonds also supports war and resistance museums, and remembrance centers. In addition to being commemorated, it’s particularly important that liberation, freedom and peace are also celebrated and secured. This can be seen, for instance, in support for a number of Dutch Remembrance Day projects on 4 May and the liberation festivals held throughout the country on 5 May. Partnerships and collaborations with other organizations are always expressly sought out in order to achieve the mission.
Tattoo, Invictus Games and WPFG
The vfonds website shows which organizations are financed and which partnerships they are involved in. In 2019 and 2020, the focus of the vfonds and its partners is on ‘75 years of freedom’. Recognizable events are the annual national tattoo, which is organized every year in Rotterdam Ahoy, the international Invictus Games in The Hague in 2020 and of course the World Police & Fire Games, which will be held in Rotterdam in 2021.
Collaboration between vfonds and WPFG
The collaboration with the vfonds is expressed in various ways. Mentioning the vfonds’ name on the WPFG communications is only one of these, and in 2021 the partnership will be communicated further. During the traditional remembrance service, for example, there is close cooperation with the Ministry of Defense. Veterans will be explicitly involved in this ‘memorial’, where we will pause to remember those whom we have lost. Not only police and fire-fighters who died, but all those who lost their lives in the name of peace and security. In the coming months, more possibilities will be worked out in consultation with the vfonds.