Remembrance Day in the Netherlands
Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking), on May 4, is an annual observance in the Netherlands that remembers those who died during war and in peace-keeping operations. It is the day before Liberation Day.
Observe Remembrance Day
Remembrance gatherings are held throughout the Netherlands. Every year, people dedicate two minutes of silence at 8pm (local time) on May 4 to pay their respects to soldiers and civilians who died during World War II, as well as other military conflicts and peace-keeping missions. Wreaths are laid at various places, such as the National War Memorial in Amsterdam.
Remembrance Day is an annual observance and not a public holiday in the Netherlands.
About Remembrance Day
The first Remembrance Day was held on Amsterdam's Dam Square in 1945, according to some sources, while others claim that it was observed for the first time on May 4, 1946. On the following day, May 5, the country celebrates Liberation Day.
Remembrance Day Observances
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Quick FactsRemembrance Day in the Netherlands commemorates Dutch civilians and soldiers who lost their lives in war and during peace-keeping missions.
Remembrance Day 2017Thursday, May 4, 2017
Remembrance Day 2018Friday, May 4, 2018
Name in other languages
- Liberation Day – Friday, May 5, 2017
Other holidays in May 2018 in the Netherlands
- Liberation Day – Saturday, May 5, 2018
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 10, 2018
- Whit Sunday – Sunday, May 20, 2018
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 21, 2018