Jay Merchant Appointed Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau
(Washington, D.C.) – Ambassador Rudolf Bekink today, on behalf of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, bestowed on Jay Merchant the honor of Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau, an honor reserved for people who have given a longtime personal effort to society, the State or the Royal Family.
Mr. Merchant, a member of the advisory board of The Washington Home & Community Hospices, has been for more than 30 years a steadfast liaison between the US Department of Health and Human Services and all Netherlands Counselors of Health and Welfare who have been stationed at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.
“The fact that all Counselors for Health and Welfare actively support honoring Mr. Merchant is proof of the importance of his contribution to the US-Netherlands relations in the field of health and welfare,” Ambassador Bekink said.
In addition to supporting the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Mr. Merchant has been a longtime liaison between Dutch Ambassadors to the US and The Washington Home & Community Hospices, a unique institution that provides high-quality end-of-life care to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.
Ambassador Bekink pinned the medal on Mr. Merchant and handed him the Letter Patent proclaiming him Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.
“The document that Mr. Merchant received is extra special, as it is one of the last Letters Patent issued on behalf of Queen Beatrix,” Ambassador Bekink said. “She will abdicate tomorrow, and her son Prince Willem-Alexander will become the new Head of State.”