Knight of the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau (RIDDER
in de ORDE VAN ORANJE-NASSAU)
Nederland, Texas--May 27, 2003.
In a ceremony held at the Tex Ritter Park
in Nederland, W. T. Block was appointed by her Majesty
Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands as Knight of the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau.
The award was presented by the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
-- Mr. Ed J. Reitsma:
The award was given to W. T. for his work
to preserve the history of the Dutch settlers in Nederland, Texas.
Approximately 100 people attended the ceremony including city officials,
residents of Nederland, and friends and relatives of W. T. Following the
ceremony at Tex Ritter Park, the city invited everyone to the City Hall for
Following the city's gathering for
refreshments, family members attending from all parts of the country gathered at
the home W.T.'s niece, Rhonda Posey, for what turned out to be an impromptu
This is a video of the KBTV station in Beaumont, Texas
about WT's knighting.
This is a home video of my father, WT Block, being knighted in Nederland,
Texas on May 27, 2003.
William Theodore Block benoemd tot RIDDER
in de ORDE VAN ORANJE-NASSAU:
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Some additional photographs
Introduction by Nederland's Mayor Homer Nagel:
Presentation by Mr. Ed J. Reitsma, Consul General of
the Kingdom of the Netherlands: