Todays images are of the Remembrance Day Service taken at The Hague’s World War II Memorial Monument (Haagse Herdenkingsmonument) on 4 May 2012.
Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking) remembers those that have died in the service of The Netherlands, from the outbreak of World War II and in conflicts since, both civilian and military.
Remembrance Day Services are held at memorial monuments across the Netherlands. In The Hague the Remembrance Day Service is held at the World War II Memorial Monument on the Carnegie plein in sight of the Peace Palace.
The Remembrance Day Service starts at 7.45 PM, the occasion is solemn and silent apart from the monument music being played by a local band. At 8.00 PM there is a two minutes silence followed by the wreath laying and floral tributes that are led by the Stichting Nationale Herdenking ’s-Gravenhage (National Memorial Foundation – The Hague), The Hague Municipality, The Dutch Resistance, Jewish Organisations & The Student Union. Members of the public then participate by filing past the memorial to pay their respects and lay their own floral tributes at the monument.
The four columns of the World War II Memorial Monument (Haagse Herdenkingsmonument) represent the four groups; Roman Catholics, Jews, Protestants & Neutrals who were persecuted by the German occupying forces during World War II.
Todays photographs were taken on 04 May 2012.
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