Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Remembrance Day

Every year on May 4 Remembrance Day (Dutch: Dodenherdenking) is held in the Netherlands. It commemorates 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 World War II.

The main ceremonies are observed in Amsterdam at the national monument on Dam Square. 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. At 8:00 p.m., two minutes of silence are observed throughout the Netherlands. Public transport is stopped, as well as all other traffic. Radio and TV only broadcast the ceremonies from 19.00 until 20.30.

National monument of Dam Square, Amsterdam

There are ceremonies in other cities and places as well. Especially notable are those at the Waalsdorpervlakte near the Hague, where many Dutch resistance fighters were executed during the war, and at the war cemetery Grebbeberg, which are broadcast by the commercial broadcasting companies. In many towns, before or after the two minutes of silence, people gather around a monument, listen to speeches, and lay down flowers to remember the dead.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_of_the_Dead

1 comment:

  1. Amsterdam is my favorite European city, I have bne to Amsterdam several time and I also stayed at the NH Hotle shown in the picture. I have taken many pictures of the momument and each time I walked on Dam Sqaure, I felt a kind of chill as I was walking on history and the horrors of war the square reminded me of. The momument is a great honor to those who sacrificed their lives in defence of freedom.