Remembrance of the Dead (Netherlands)
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Traditionally, 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.
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Remembrance of the Dead is held
annually on May 4 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.
Until 1961, the commemoration only related to the Dutch victims of World War
II. Since 1961, the victims of other military conflicts (such as the Indonesian
National Revolution in Indonesia) and peacekeeping missions (such as in Lebanon
or Bosnia) are remembered on May 4 as well.
Public transport is stopped, as well as all other traffic. Radio and TV only
broadcast the ceremonies from 19.00 until 20.30. Since May 4, 1994, the flags,
having hung at half-staff from 18:00 onwards, are then hoisted to the music of the
"Wilhelmus", the Dutch national anthem. Since 2001 the new protocol says it is
allowed to let the flag hang half-staff.
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