May 4, 2021, Amsterdam
Every municipality commemorates Remembrance Day in its own way. Dutch television stations also devote considerable attention to this tradition. Besides the National Monument on the Dam square there are broadcasts of the commemorations at the Waalsdorpervlakte near the Hague, where many Dutch resistance fighters were executed during the war, and at the war cemetery Grebbeberg.
Two Minutes of Silence
Every year, there are two minutes of silence in the Netherlands to remember victims of the Second World War and others who have died in wars and peacekeeping missions ever since. During these minutes, public transport stops and radio and television only broadcast the ceremonies. The next day, on May 5, Liberation Day is celebrated.
The flag at half-mast
On May 4th, Remembrance Day, flags everywhere in the Netherlands are at half-mast as a sign of mourning from 6 p.m. until sundown. The next day, the flag is hoisted again everywhere to celebrate Liberation Day.