Since 2008 the Ministry of Defense sails along with the boat parade, and since 2011 with its own boat. However, boating in uniform was not always a matter of course within Defense. Soldiers may be themselves at Defense, and show that during the boat parade. It is this pride that they would like to once again present this year by sailing along during the boat parade. The Ministry of Defense pre-eminently has an exemplary role for society here, but also abroad. Defense and heroes are two things that are closely related. Military personnel, including LGBTI military personnel, work abroad in very difficult circumstances. Extra appreciation is expressed by us through the presentation of medals and awards for (heroes) deeds. That is why this year the medal ceremony is centered on the boat.

Photo Ministerie van Defensie 2017