Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has decorated Mr Jaap van Genderen from The Netherlands as Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
The award is granted to Mr van Genderen for the dedicated attention he has, as one of the organisers of the annual Airborne Memorial Service at the war-cemetery in Oosterbeek, in memory of the Allied soldiers who died during operation Market Garden in September 1944.
The decoration was given to him at the British Ambassy in Den Haag by the British ambassador his Excellency Mr Peter Wilson CMG.
Mister van Genderen (31-03-1966) is been a volunteer for 26 years at the Airborne Forces Security Fund, the organisation who annually organises the Memorial service at the Airborne cemetery. The last 16 years, he has been co-organiser and does this in all modesty, without any pretension and selfless commitment in organising the memorial service which is of big importance for Arnhem veterans all over the world and their relatives.
In 2018 Mr van Genderen was decorated as Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau) by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlandds because of his voluntary work at the Airborne Memorial service.