Festivities mark Liberation Day

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The Netherlands celebrated the anniversary of its liberation from Nazi occupation in 1945 with festivals around the country on Monday.

6 May 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - On Monday, with a series of events throughout the country, The Netherlands celebrated the anniversary of its liberation from Nazi occupation in 1945.

In Wageninen's traditional Liberation Day Parade, around 1,300 war veterans, including 200 from WWII, filed through the town centre. Some 100,000 spectators lined the streets despite the high temperatures.

In Rotterdam, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende kicked off 13 liberation festivals around the country at a ceremony in the early afternoon.

The celebrations included performances by over two hundred bands, as well as dance, theatre and comedy performances.

The festivities culminated in an outdoor concert on the River Amstel in Amsterdam, attended by Queen Beatrix.

[Radio Netherlands / ANP / Expatica]

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