|Remembrance of the Dead (Netherlands)
|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.
|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 7:00 until 8:30. Since May 4, 1994, the flags,
having hung at half-staff from 6:00 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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