On May 4th, 2021, the National Day of Remembrance for the Dead will take place in the Netherlands with the National Doden Herdenking. It is a Dutch public holiday that is celebrated on May 4th each year. The day of all citizens and soldiers of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who perished in the war is commemorated. Until 1961, this only affected the Dutch victims of World War II. Since then, however, all fallen in all military conflicts have been remembered.
The Amsterdam National Monument takes center stage on May 4th each year, when the Dutch Queen lays a wreath and two minutes of silence across the country at 8 p.m. During this time, trains and buses also stop, and car traffic comes to a standstill. Since 1994 the national anthem (Wilhelmus) has been played at 6:00 p.m. and accompanied by the setting of the flags at half mast until 9:10 p.m.
The first doden herdenking was held on May 9, 1945. At that time there was a minute’s silence to commemorate the dead. On the following day, May 5th, the Liberation Day is celebrated on the occasion of the liberation from the German occupation (1940 to 1945). (With material from: Wikipedia)
Where is the Remembrance of the Dead?
When is the Remembrance of the Dead?
Tuesday 4th May 2021