The Netherlands annually commemorates on 4 May the war dead with a ceremony at the Nieuwe Kerk and a wreath laying in Amsterdam and 2 minutes of silence across the country. Cities and villages too hold their own ceremonies, and in Amsterdam there is at the same time also a commemoration at the Homomomument.
Tuesday May 5 is Liberation Day which will bring the King and Queen again to Amsterdam, where they will attend the traditional Liberation Concert on the Amstel River. Former queen Beatrix will also be present. (C) RB; Photos: (c) RB Marius Cirtiu