Remembrance on Dam Square
Before the Remembrance of the Dead ceremony, which was held for the first time on Dam Square in 1945, a service is held at De Nieuwe Kerk, the church on Dam Square, attended by members of the Royal Family and government representatives, war survivors and relatives of the dead. The King and Queen then walk through a veterans’ guard of honour to the monument on Dam Square to lay a wreath on behalf of the citizens of the Netherlands.
Finally, the clock of De Nieuwe Kerk chimes, and at 20:00 the nation observes a two-minute silence. This is followed by a rendition of the first verse of the national anthem and a procession during which all those who wish to can walk past the monument and lay flowers. The flags around Dam Square and in the rest of the Netherlands fly at half mast from 18:00 to sunset on Remembrance Day. Everyone is welcome at the remembrance ceremony on Dam Square. If you wish to attend, please make allowances for the crowds.
Remembrance around the city
During Remembrance Day, there
Mayor Eberhard van der Laan will lead hundreds of people in a silent march from Stadhuisplein to Dam Square, departing at 18:30. Before the march, there will be short speeches by Mayor Van der Laan and Job Cohen, (chair of the Amsterdam 4 and 5 May Committee). For the full programme (in Dutch), see the 4 and 5 May website.
Theater Na de Dam
The National Remembrance of the Dead on 4 May on Dam Square will be followed at 21:00 by Theatre Na de Dam ('Theatre after the Dam'), with performances inspired by World War II at more than 20 different locations in Amsterdam. There will also be a range of remembrance concerts, for example at Muziekgebouw
Open Jewish Homes and Houses of Resistance
On both Remembrance Day and Liberation Day, intimate memorial services will take place in the living rooms, attics or cafés of former Jewish residents and members of the resistance. During Open Jewish Homes, speakers will tell the story of life before, during and after the war, persecution, resistance and liberation. The stories will be accompanied by film, music, poetry, photos and diary excerpts. Information about the programme can be found on the Open Jewish Homes website (Dutch link).
On 4 May, passengers travelling by public transport should make allowances for changes to the service. The Dam is closed annually to all traffic, including public transport, from the afternoon onwards. Public transport routes will be altered on 4 May, and also on 5 may due to the various Liberation Day festivals. Please consult the GVB public transport website for details, or call customer service on 0900 8011.