Today’s blog post is written by the most famous Dutch writer Diane knows: her husband, Wessel.
Not that you would know (even I didn’t until recently), but this day was instituted in 1991 to celebrate the bilateral relations between the Netherlands and the United States. Nov. 16 was selected because on that day in 1776, Dutch forces on the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius returned the salute of a small American warship “Andrew Doria,” thereby making the Netherlands the first country to officially salute the flag of the newly independent United States.
The day is celebrated in parts of the US with a large Dutch community, such as Michigan and the Hudson Valley, New York. Alas, no such tradition exists in North Carolina. But Diane and I recently had our own personal Dutch-American anniversary, which dates back only five years. On Oct. 30, 2004, we were married in the presence of Dutch and American family, friends, and flags. Liefde is love.