The Arm forces who came from the Netherlands, Curacao and Aruba were given a medal as a way of saying thanks for the help (in whatever way) offered before, during and after the 2 hurricanes Irma and Maria.
There were the Marines, Ground Forces, Air Forces, Marechaussee and military personnel from Curacao and Aruba that came in to offer help at a time when it was most need. The Governor singled out some of the area’s most notably concentrated on by the men who responded to what is now on record as the strongest hurricane to have hit land fall in the Atlantic and causing catastrophic damage. The Governor mentioned what the help offered consisted of:
– Cleaning up of trees on the roads
– guarding the “check point” to keep the peace
– evacuating people such as diabetics and on the airport
– repairing the roof of the Oranje School, the hospital and roofs of homes
– Distributing water and food where necessary, are some of the areas of help provided.
His Excellency Governor E.B. Holiday also mentioned that it wasn’t always easy but the work was done with dedication. The medals handed out has the inscription “De helpende hand werd geboden” simply translated (The helping hand extended). The medals were pinned on the men in uniform.