During the National Remembrance Day, the Netherlands commemorated the victims of World War II and victims of later war situations and peace operations on Tuesday.

The House of Representatives reflected on this with speeches and wreath laying on the Honor Roll of Fallen.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have

laid a wreath

at the

National Monument

on Dam Square in Amsterdam.

André van Duin gave a speech after 8 pm.

Nineteen-year-old Amara van der Elst also gave a speech.

After the commemoration on Dam Square, a parade followed at the monument.

Due to the corona measures, the commemoration in Amsterdam took place this year without a large audience.

There were, however, about a hundred guests who represented different groups of war victims.

These included representatives of the former resistance, Holocaust victims and civilians, soldiers and merchant navy personnel.

Prior to the ceremony at the

National Monument

on Dam Square, there was a meeting in De Nieuwe Kerk.

Writer Roxanne van Iperen, known for the bestseller

't Hooge Nest

, gave the May 4th speech

Voices from the deep here

.

Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and outgoing State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Public Health) lay a wreath at the Honor Roll of Fallen.

Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and outgoing State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Public Health) lay a wreath at the Honor Roll of Fallen.

Photo: ANP

The House of Representatives commemorates victims in private form

In the Honor Roll of Fallen in the House of Representatives, the victims of the Second World War are commemorated in private form.

Second Chamber President Vera Bergkamp and First Chamber President Jan Anthonie Bruijn laid a wreath at the parliament building.

Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte and State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Health, Welfare and Sport) laid a wreath on behalf of the outgoing cabinet.

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This is how the National Remembrance Day in the Netherlands went

More than 5,500 digital flowers placed at war memorials

This year, people can once again place a digital flower at more than four thousand war memorials.

According to the National Committee on 4 and 5 May, this was done more than 5,500 times before 8 p.m.

In this way, everyone can reflect on the victims of the Second World War.

"Even if you are not able to visit a monument," said the committee.

People can decide for themselves at which monument they want to put a flower.

They can choose from three different flower types: a red gerbera, a white rose or a blue iris.

It is also possible to leave a personal message.

National Children's Remembrance in Madurodam

National Children's Remembrance in Madurodam

Photo: ANP

Commemorations in Wassenaar and Madurodam

The victims were also considered on the Waalsdorp Platte in Wassenaar.

The memorial site in the Meijendel dune area remained closed to the public this year.

The National Children's Commemoration took place in Madurodam at 19.30.

Due to the corona virus, the commemoration in the miniature city again took place in an adapted form.