Remembrance Day Bevrijdingsdag HerdenkingDen Haag

At Peace in a Quiet Place in the Netherlands

It’s May holiday. Today I just want to get away from the city a bit, visit nature and enjoy the silence there. There’s a special reason I’m looking for a quiet place in Holland today…

it’s Remembrance Day. Throughout the Netherlands memorial services and silent marches take place to commemorate those who gave their lives for our freedom during WWII, but also in wars and peacekeeping missions after 1945.

Haag natuur vrede tocht Hague nature cycling guide Verita's Visit Holland

Freedom to enjoy nature

On this day, the 4th of May,  I take my bike and cycle to the Waalsdorpervlakte, to just sit in the sand with nothing around me but birds and trees. This is the most peaceful place in The Hague for me. I lay down and look up into the clouded sky and I realise how fortunate I am to have the liberty to just be here and enjoy the Dutch nature. Freedom seems such a common thing, untill you stop for a moment to think about what you have.

Quiet place Hague-veritasvisit

Nature around The Hague

Waalsdorpervlakte is a beautiful natural area, near the Nordsea coastline & the dunes. It’s  a peaceful place in The Hague. It’s also an important historical marker: many Dutch resistance fighters were executed here. It is one of the mayor locations in Holland where a memorial service is held. A big bell will ring. Except for this year, 2020. In the year we celebrate 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands the memorial service is cancelled. No service is held, instead people are requested to light a candle at 8 PM  & put it in their windowsill. So that all resistance fighters know they & their deeds are still being remembered,

Two minutes of silence

When the clock strikes 8, the Netherland observes two minutes of silence, to remember and honour those who died for our freedom.


 

Visit the  website of the tourist office The Hague for more information on the memorial service at Waalsdorpervlakte.

This is a list of all memorial services in The Hague in 2019 (in Dutch)

For more information on the Dutch Rememberance Day and Liberation Day on the 5th of May, go to 4en5mei.nl

The Netherlands is celebrating 75 years of Freedom in the Netherlands in 2020. For all activities go to Tweedewereldoorlog.nl.

These websites are in Dutch. If you are interested in a specific activity, do let me know, I do my best to find more information.

If you would like to visit Waalsdorpervlakte and surroundings with Verita’s Visit, contact me for a personalised tour for after June 2020.

 

Vera ter Beest

Make your heart b(l)oom and explore Holland by bike with Verita's Visit Holland.
Born on a bicycle and raised in Delft (NL) I love the Dutch countryside. With Verita's Visit Holland I organise bike tours & team events. I take you on and off the beaten track to meet tulip growers, cheese farmers and lords of castles. My specialisation: Keukenhof area, Cheese farm region and Delft countryside. Just send me an e-mail at veritasvisit(@)gmail.com to get more info.

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