Published On: Thu, Oct 3rd, 2013

Swearing and medal ceremony at Navy Barracks Suffisant

suffisantWILLEMSTAD – Two ceremonies were held at the Navy Barracks Suffisant on October 3 of this year. 43 Militiamen and corporals of the Curaçao Militia took the oath of or promised allegiance to the King. Fourteen militiamen received a medal for six years of service and that was a first.

After the Acting Governor of Curacao, Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede, had carried out the inspection of the troops, it was time for the swearing in. In groups of three the militiamen walked forward to speak to the Commander of the Navy in the Caribbean, Brigadier General Dick Swijgman. The oath reads as follows; "I pledge allegiance to the king, obedience to the laws and submission to military discipline, so help me God."

Ivar Asjes

The medals for six or more years of service were presented by Prime Minister Ivar Asjes. The obverse of the coin is the weapon and the flag of Curacao. Around it is the writing "Servisio Leal Milisia di Kòrsou" (Loyal Service Militia Curacao). The ribbon of the medal is in the blue of the Curaçao flag with a yellow stripe. Above the coin there is a white star placed in the middle of the ribbon.

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