May 4 – Dutch National Day of Remembrance

Today it is exactly 70 years ago that the Netherlands were liberated from five years of oppression and terror by the German occupiers. Thousands of Canadian, British, American, French and Dutch soldiers gave their lives to liberate people most of them had never seen.

Each year on the 4th of May the Dutch nation remembers the fallen – both in Europe and in the Far -East – with a national ceremony at Dam Square in Amsterdam.

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Dam Square, Amsterdam during the National Remembrance of the Fallen Ceremony. The King and Queen walk the broad path in the middle to lay a wreath at the 1940 – 1945 monument seen in the background

Precisely at 20.00 hrs. the whole nation observes two minutes of silence to commemorate those who gave up their lives to ensure we could live in freedom….

May we never forget them!

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About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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