The National Park Service and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, October 21, to mark the beginning of the Netherlands Carillon rehabilitation project.

The Netherlands Carillon is a symbol of Dutch gratitude to the American people for helping liberate the Netherlands during World War II and providing aid to rebuild the Dutch economy through the Marshall Plan. It symbolizes the friendship between the people of two countries, rooted in common allegiance to the principles of freedom, justice, and democracy.

The first bell will be removed by crane during the event, and the rest will be removed at a later date. The National Park Service will repair and replace steel cladding, make structural improvements, remove rust, and repaint the Carillon.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is partnering with Royal Eijsbouts to refurbish the bells. The Embassy will also donate three additional bells and instrument upgrades to the National Park Service.

WHAT: Start of the Netherlands Carillon rehabilitation, restoration of its 50 bells, and its future upgrade to a grand carillon in honor of 75 years of Dutch freedom. See the removal by crane of the first bell.

WHO: Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States André Haspels and National Park Service (NPS) George Washington Memorial Parkway Superintendent Charles Cuvelier

WHERE: Arlington Ridge Park, site of the Netherlands Carillon and the U.S. Marine Corps War (Iwo Jima) Memorial, Arlington, Va.

PARKING: Limited parking is available at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. From the parking area, it is a 3-5 minute walk to the Carillon. Additional parking is available on the county streets around Arlington Ridge Park

CONTACT: Aaron LaRocca, National Park Service, 202-438-6619, aaron_larocca@nps.gov or Carla Bundy, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 202-274-2632, cy.bundy@minbuza.nl