On the 26 April 2018 at the annual rewards day on the birthday of the King the Netherlands, Mr Jaap Van Genderen was presented with Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau.
The order is a chivalric order open to “everyone who has earned special merits for society”. These are people who deserve appreciation and recognition from society for the special way in which they have carried out their activities.
Jaap was awarded the medal for his volunteer work, including the work for the Airborne Forces Security Fund (AFSF) and various other organisations.
He also rescued an old lady who fell at the railway crossing and he got to her clear just before the train passed.
Jaap does an enormous amount of work on behalf of the AFSF and RHQ PARA and it is only fitting that he has been recognised for his dedication and service.
In 1994, the Dutch honours system was extensively revised after almost thirty years of discussion. This revision by law intended to create a more democratic honours system, disconnecting the level of the honours from rank and social status. In principle, since then everyone in Dutch society can be honoured. An honour is only awarded on the basis of special, personal merits for society. Before this revision the order consisted of five grades with additional honorary medals (gold, silver and bronze). The honorary medals were only affiliated with the order and bearers were not formally included in the order. In 1996, the honorary medals were abolished and replaced by the Member Class of the Order of Orange-Nassau, which is reserved only for Dutch citizens.
Photo by kind permission of: Berry de Reus