Nederland, Texas--April 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:

Mr. Ed J. Reitsma pins medal on W. T. Block The medal being pinned by Mr. Reitsma. 

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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 refreshments.

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 family reunion.

Letters Patent

William Theodore Block benoemd tot RIDDER in de ORDE VAN ORANJE-NASSAU.

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Some additional photographs

bullet Introduction by Nederland's Mayor Homer Nagel: 59k189k616k.
bullet Presentation by Mr. Ed J. Reitsma, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: 88k296k693k.
bullet A pose following the presentation: 72k243k656k.

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