Local Heart, Global Soul

September 20, 2019

A Tragic Memorial: Fly Free As A Bird…

Following part of the Maasvlakte dune road (as opposed to the main road running more or less parallel near by) we came across this lookout on top of one of the dunes. We pulled over to find that that wasn’t accessible at the time but right next to it was a large sculpture on the section of dune level with the road. There are already a family group of German tourists with young children there, the children finding the “peek-a-boo” aspect of the statue intriguing. I wanted photos of the sculpture but not of them so had to wait a while until the family moved out of frame. Ergo the pairs of small shoes in the second photograph. Yes, they retrieved them before they left.

It became apparent that this was more than “just” a statue, it was a memorial to four men killed in a 27 June 2010 helicopter crash close by here. Inside were three photographers, an official from the harbour companies and the pilot, of which only one of the photographers survived. They had been doing an aerial survey in preparation for a large cycling event called: “de Tour du Port” (Tour of the Port)  which had been scheduled to take place the evening before the start of the Tour de France. The Port Tour was scrapped in light of the tragedy.  The text commemorates those lost and an accompanying poem talks about flying as free as birds.


(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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