WWII fallen remembered

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4 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Dutch will remember those who died during World War II at remembrance ceremonies throughout the country on Friday. Wreath-laying ceremonies and speeches will mark the occasion in many cities today. Two minutes of silence will be observed this evening at 8 pm to remember those who died.

4 May 2007


AMSTERDAM – The Dutch will remember those who died during World War II at remembrance ceremonies throughout the country on Friday. Wreath-laying ceremonies and speeches will mark the occasion in many cities today. Two minutes of silence will be observed this evening at 8 pm to remember those who died.

Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende will all lay wreaths at the National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

Before the laying of wreaths musician Ernst Jansz will give the 4 May lecture in the Nieuwe Kerk. He will talk about the role that World War II played in his family growing up.

The sound of the famous Bourdon bell will be sounded in the Waalsdorpervlakte, an area in the Meijendel dunes outside The Hague. The sounding of the bell will be followed by two minutes of silence. More than 250 people were executed by the German occupying force in these dunes during the war.

Prime Minister Balkenende will also attend the remembrance ceremony at the Crooswijk cemetery in Rotterdam on Friday afternoon. Rotterdam Mayor Opstelten, the prime minister, and others will lay wreathes at a number of monuments in the cemetery, including the memorial to those who took part in the resistance, those who died in the struggle with Indonesia, those who died in the Korean war, the monument honouring the Allied Forces, and the military memorial.

Those who died at sea during World War II will also be commemorated in Rotterdam at the national monument to the merchant navy (the statue 'De Boeg').

Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven will attend the commemoration ceremony at the field of Grebbeberg in Rhenen.

Train traffic will stop for two minutes at 8 pm, and no aircraft will take off from Schiphol airport during the moment of silence.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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