Remembrance Day commemorations throughout the Netherlands
AMSTERDAM - Today is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands - a day on which the atrocities of World War II are remembered and the victims are commemorated.
The National Commemoration took place on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Friday . King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte attended this commemoration, NU.nl reports.
The King and Queen laid down the first wreath, on behalf of the entire Dutch population. Prime Minister Rutte, Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health, and Ministers Guillfred Besaril, Eunice Eisden and Hasani Ellis of respectively Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten laid down a wreath on behalf of the Council of Ministers.
Kim Putters, director of the Netherlands' social and cultural planning office SCP, gave a speech, followed by two minutes of silence. Afterwards Gytha te Nijenhuis, the winner of poetry competition Dichter bij 4 mei, read a poem.
In addition to the National Commemoration, there are also commemorations in other places in the country on Friday.
Princes Margriet, Pieter van Vollenhoven and Prince Pieter-Christiaan attended the National Military Commemoration at the Military Field of Honor Grebbeberg in Rhenen. Other ceremonies were held at the National Field of Honor in Loenen and the International Gay Monument in The Hague. A children's commemoration is happening in Madurodam.
Silent marches were held on the Waalsdorpervlakte in The Hague, the National Monument Westerbork, and at former Camp Amersfoort. Deputy Prime Minister Hugo de Jonge attended the latter.
For the first time, relatives of executed resistance fighters will be able to visit the place where the executions took place, the military grounds on Leusderheide, according to the newspaper.