Rudy Hems, a former Dutch resistance fighter during World War II, was cremated with military honors on Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of people attended, including Hems died last Sunday at the age of 99.
According to Mayor Jan van Zanen of The Hague, Hems contributed to “restore peace and justice to a post-war Europe torn apart by World War II”.
Nor was the Honorary Citizen of The Hague absent from the veterans’ conference. “With gratitude, we will continue to remember his message of peace. This is really important.”
During World War II, Hems was a member of the Princess Irene Brigade, a Dutch military unit derived from the Dutch army that managed to escape to England in May 1940. He served in military service or voluntarily in a brigade.
King Willem-Alexander had already commented the day after Hems’ death.
“With deep respect and warm affection, we remember Rudy Hems, Engelandbader, freedom fighter and defender of justice and humanity. He has proven that he can fit in. With his unique personality, he has been able to inspire young and old alike,” the royal family said in a statement.
Hems was a resistance hero, former Englishman and World War II veteran. He fled to England in his 1943 and returned home in 1944 with Princess Irene’s brigade to liberate Holland. Hems continued to work for the Ministry of Defense after the war and was one of the last surviving Engerland Falders.