On Friday 11 December, the annual Evening of Light was staged at Moscowa Crematorium. Nearly 4000 people braved the rain and visited the illuminated memorial park. Relatives had the opportunity to light a candle or hang a personal written memory in the memorial tree. There was also a ‘poetry path’. A warm ambience was provided by the Binnenstadskoor (a choir from Arnhem), and bagpipe players.
Lanterns in the memorial park
Poems were read out loud in the Lindenzaal auditorium. Harpist Nanja Bakker also provided a beautiful musical background. The evening attracted many visitors, despite the bad weather. “It’s so wonderful to see how much effort people have made to come”, says André Kruijmer, location manager at Moscowa. “And the reactions are so lovely, all the visitors are thankful that we’ve organised this evening.” All the children were given a lantern on arrival. “There were so many children that the memorial park was soon coloured by the lanterns, which made it all look so intimate.”