4 & 5 May
The 4th of May is the day the Dutch remember their death in all wars. The main tribute with two minutes silence is held in de Dam, the main square in Amsterdam, at eight o’clock in the evening.
On the 5th of May there are festivities throughout the country to celebrate the liberation from occupation. Of course some southern and eastern parts of The Netherlands were liberated as a result of the heroic operation ‘Market Garden’ on the 17th of September 1944 but on the 5th May 1944 the whole country was free once more.
It is therefore very appropriate at this time, to remember all who have suffered in the most recent war in Europe, which took place in the former Yugoslavia, with a special poem. If you do not know much about this war, the poem will be an eye opener. Remember there is still a War Tribunal sitting in The Hague to investigate the role of Radan Karadzic in the atrocities that took place during the Bosnian conflict.
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