There are different definitions for the term ‘veteran’ in various countries. The main difference is that in some countries you cannot be designated a veteran if you are still in active service.
Under the Dutch Veterans Act of 2012, a veteran is someone who has served the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a soldier under war conditions or has participated in a mission to maintain or promote the international rule of law. This means that in The Netherlands serving military personnel can also be designated veterans.
With the objective of the Sunset March in mind, we chose to use the Dutch definition of veteran and to interpret it internationally. That is why the Sunset March uses the following definition of veteran:
For the Sunset March, we consider everyone who has served his or her country as a soldier under war conditions, or has participating in a mission to maintain or promote the international rule of law to be eligible as Veteran of the Day.