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We Remember

My Saturday in six words:



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Remembrance of the Dead (in Dutch: Dodenherdenking) 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.

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 PM, two minutes of silence are observed throughout the Netherlands. Public transport is stopped, as well as all other traffic. 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. 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.

The next day, on May 5, Dutch people celebrate the liberation of the nation from the German occupation of 1940 to 1945.

(Information: Wikipedia)

Have a peaceful Saturday out here.

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22 thoughts on “We Remember

  1. Je hebt volgens mij 2x 6-words neergezet aan het begin en aan het eind. Ik weet niet of dit bewust is gedaan, maar ik vind het geweldig. Fijn weekend, Marion en voor zondag een fantastische moederdag 🙂


  2. Fascinating – thank you for educating me – I never knew. I suppose it’s similar to our Veteran’s Day in the U.S. I love the idea of a moment of silence, country-wide.


  3. ‘All is suspended on life’s cross.’
    These days are so important to mark and remember.
    In the UK we have Remembrance Sunday in November, a day filled with blood red poppies and soulful cries from lone trumpets. The minutes silence always moves me.


  4. Many Canadians soldiers remember their time in Holland during the second world war. We hold the Dutch very close to our hearts. I will have a moment of silence for them today as well.


  5. When I was in Holland in 1972 the two minute silence was at midday. I remember seeing the cars stop on the freeway between Amersfoort and Hilversum. I found that so impressive.


  6. Given the respect it deserves. sadly, here in the states, we pay mostly lip service to honoring these people; concentrate, instead, on back yard barbecues, baseball, & beer. For most, it’s nothing more than a day off work. pathetic, really, given the enormity of all the pointless death around us..


    1. And all it takes to remember are some moments of quiet – one day in a year. It is indeed pathetic if even that is too much. One always remembers when it’s too late…
      Thank you for commenting.


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