Site ColumnsBy Christian
April 29, 2000 - 8:51 AM
I just came back from what has got the be the sorriest excuse for a military parade I've ever seen. Today is Queen's Day here in the Netherlands (when we celebrate the birthday of our queen), and that's always celebrated with large festivities over the country. Until a few years ago, the building I live in actually was part of a military terrain, which only two years ago was left by the army and the barracks transformed to houses. There is still a large garrision stationed next to the terrain, however, and apparently it's a tradition that every year they hold a big parade on the center square of the terrain - or at least that's what it said in the announcement.
This morning I decided to go take a look at the parade, which was scheduled to start at 9 o'clock sharp (on account of the army being very punctual). Visions of the Red Square entered my mind, and I was expecting at least one or two tanks to accompany the thousands of soldiers that would show up. What we got were five soldiers. Five. And one captain. They raised the flag, and then introduced the fire-brigade brass band who would be performing the march for about 15 minutes. After that we were all invited to join them in the military cantina on the other side of the terrain for a glass of Orangebitters, which is the traditional drink when a member of the Royal House (of Orange) has a birthday, and again there were just five or six members of the military present.
I know we've had to cut spending on the army over the past few years - it's the sole reason I'm actually able to live here. But surely we still have enough manpower to organise at least one parade per year?
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