Today (the 4th of May) the Dutch commemorate all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of the Second World War.
There is a remembrance ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam and at the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam. This ceremony is usually attended by members of the cabinet and the royal family, military leaders, representatives of the resistance movement and other social groups. Throughout the country 2 minutes of silence are observed at 20.00 hrs (CEST time zone).
Although the main ceremonies get the most attention from the media, there are ceremonies in other cities and places as well, such as the Waalsdorpervlakte near The Hague where many Dutch resistance fighters were executed during the war. In many towns people gather around a local war memorial, listen to speeches and lay wreaths to remember the dead just preceding or following the 2 minutes of silence.
A number of memorial services and silent marches are held in The Hague on 4 May and in the days thereafter.
The Netherlands is the only country in Europe that commemorates the victims of the Second World War and peacekeeping missions. Therefore we at Lion would like you to share this blogpost, so that people around the world can join the Dutch to commemorate all civilians and members of the armed forces, who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions around the world.
We forward freedom from generation to generation. This is important for us, especially because not all people around the world can live in freedom. Together we are responsible for maintaining freedom. Therefore we commemorate and remember the war victims on the 4th of may.