The historic Marshall House in Leesburg, Va.


Seventy years ago, General George C. Marshall delivered the historic address at Harvard University, in which he outlined the Marshall Plan. The Netherlands is one of the biggest benefactors of the Marshall Plan, which helped the country recover from World War II.

To mark the anniversary of the Marshall address, the Netherlands Embassy will host an event at the home of General Marshall on May 24, and participate in Harvard University’s Marshall Forum on June 3 with Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders.

The importance of this aid plan for the Netherlands cannot be underestimated: the country received more than $1 billion to jump-start economic recovery after World War II. The late Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dirk Stikker, said: “Churchill’s words won the war, Marshall’s words won the peace.”

Netherlands Ambassador Henne Schuwer will mark the address with a keynote speech on transatlantic relations and European integration at 11:30 a.m. May 24 at the historic Marshall House in Leesburg, Va.

After his speech, there will be a discussion with high school students from Loudoun County, Virginia. Schuwer will then tour the historic mansion that has been meticulously restored with more than 1,000 personal belongings of Marshall and his family.

Koenders

On June 3, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders deliver a keynote speech at Harvard University, the location where General Marshall delivered his address 70 years ago. Koenders’s speech is part of a forum organized by the Association of Marshall Scholars, titled “The Legacy of the Marshall Plan.” Koenders will address transatlantic cooperation and the effect of the Marshall Aid on the Netherlands.

On June 5, Ambassador Henne Schuwer will attend a special event at the Marshall House in Leesburg with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. On June 7, the ambassador will also attend an award ceremony hosted by the George C. Marshall Foundation at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg will be honored during the ceremony.

Media interested in reporting on the events should contact Ron Linker, Royal Netherlands Embassy, 202-725-9743, or Carla Bundy, Netherlands Embassy, 202-274-2632.

If you are interested in attending the May 24 speech and discussion at the Marshall House in Leesburg, Va., please email was-rsvp@minbuza.nl. A bus will be provided from the embassy for those who RSVP.

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This article has been updated: an earlier version mentioned a visit by Vice-President Frans Timmermans of the European Commission. Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Timmermans has had to cancel his trip to the United States.