Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Theo Van Gogh commemoration

On the 2nd November there will be a gathering at the Dutch embassies and consulates in remembrance of the Dutch filmmaker and journalist Theo Van Gogh, who was murdered by an Islamist.

At 19.00 LONDON time a ceremony will be held in front of the
Dutch Embassy,
38 Hyde Park Gate,
London SW7 5DP

MAP

Candlelight vigil (some candles will be provided, but please bring your own if you are able, or lanterns)

One minutes silence
Flowers laid in front of the building
Words of commemoration to Theo Van Gogh
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For those wishing to sing 'I vow to thee my country' here are the lyrics

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

And here is a rendition of I vow to the my country

1 comment:

Cassandra said...

Thanks for that Stephen.

"Een volk dat voor tirannen zwicht
zal meer dan lijf en goed verliezen,
dan dooft het licht."

*H.M. van Randwijk (1909-1966)

* Free translation:
"A nation that bows before tyrants
loses more than just life and wealth,
the light will cease".