Tomorrow monday may 4th is Remembrance Day.We commemorate the dead of WWII and all
other wars and missions after that,both military and civilian.
A very solemn day,all the more so in light of recent events.Allthough
they were no victims related to war,they too were innocent and it would
be impossible not to think of them as well.
HM has choosen to attend as She traditionally does,accompanied by TRH
The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima.
They will attend the National Remembrance service at the Nieuwe Kerk,Amsterdam,
after which HM and The Prince of Orange will lay a wreath at the National Monument
at the Dam square at a few minutes before 20.00PM.
At 20.00PM 2 minutes silence will be observed.
Wreaths will be layed by survivors of WWII,Government,Military,the merchant fleet
and all kinds of organisations among them gypsy and gay organisations.
After that ceremony HM and TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima will walk passed the wreaths.
As usual there will be tens of thousands in attendance on Dam Square,
this year,in light of events,more are expected as a token of support and
genuine love for our Royal Family.This perticular ceremony is the most solemn
on both the Royal and our own agendas.Flags fly at halfmast that day.
Pieter van Vollenhoven will attend the solemn ceremony at the Military Field of Honour at the Grebbeberg.
The venue of fierce fighting in WWII in the days before the dutch troops there had to surrender in may 1940.
Tuesday may 5th we celebrate the Liberation and the surrender of the Germans and Japanese
here and in the former Dutch East-Indies,present day Indonesia.
It always is a day of great festivities simular to those on Queensday.
HM The Queen will attend the Liberation Day concert at the Amstel river,
Amsteram in the evening.The program of the music has been adjusted,a
more solemn programme will be performed due to the tragedy on Queensday.
Pieter van Vollenhoven will attend celebrations in the city of Wageningen,
the city was the venue of the official surrender
of the german occupying forces on my 5th 1945.
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