Tuesday, 4 May 2010
The Netherlands, that's My World,
In the Netherlands
the Commemoration of the Dead is held annually on May 4th . It commemorates all people in the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since World War II.
Traditionally, the main ceremonies are observed in Amsterdam at the national monument on Dam Square, and 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. Since May 4, 1994, the flags, flying at half-mast during the day, are then hoisted to the mast-head when the Dutch national anthem is being played.
We were liberated by the Canadians. The Dutch are very grateful for that. Many of them died for our freedom.
Tomorrow we celebrate Liberation Day and for me it's a double reason for celebration, as my daughter and her family will arrive early in the morning at 8:55 at Schiphol Amsterdam!! We will all be there to welcome them.
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