On the 4th of May, all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II will be commemorated in several places in the country.
Every year at 7:50 p.m. the National Commemoration will be held at the National monument at the Dam in Amsterdam.
King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. This will be followed by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.
Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.
Following last year’s commemoration, the Dam is not accessible to the public.
Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset.
The national commemoration will be broadcasted by the NOS from 7:50 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen
One of the many honorary cemeteries is located in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.
This cemetery was consecrated by the reburial of Hannie Schaft on November 27th, 1945, escorted in a procession from the Grote Kerk to Overveen by Queen Wilhelmina, Princess Juliana, Prince Bernhard, and thousands of people.
372 resistance fighters are buried at this cemetery.
On the 4th of May people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m. the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. a closed ceremony will be held to commemorate all resistance fighters who were buried in this cemetery. Haarlem105 will broadcast this ceremony via Livestream.