Dutch Remembrance Day
On the 4th of may every year we as a nation spend 2 minutes in silence at 8 o’clock. Remembering the dead. The ones that gave their lives to give us our freedom, the freedom that we know today. In the second World War, but every war afterwards as well.
Almost every year I spend it somewhere so that it has a significant meaning for me. My parents always took me somewhere ‘important’, mostly related to the second World War, like a Nazi concentration camp or the national remembrance site at the Dam square in Amsterdam.
This year, just like two years ago, I went to the Waalsdorpervlakte, a place where members of the resistance were shot during the war. Hundreds, or maybe even thousands come here every year to be silent for two minutes, pass by the monument and then by the bell which keeps ringing until the last person has past.
I was allowed to shoot some pictures this year, I’m glad to share a moment this special to me with you.