Defence commemorates the fallen since the Second World War
On 4 May, the Dutch Defence organisation commemorated all soldiers and civilians of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who were killed in acts of war or terror during military conflicts or peace missions. Parallel to the annual national ceremony being held at the Dam in Amsterdam, commemoration ceremonies also took place in other locations in the Netherlands as well as abroad.
Commemoration ceremonies were held, for instance, at the military cemetery at the Grebbeberg in Rhenen, in the naval city of Den Helder, at the former Soesterberg Air Base and in various mission areas, such as Afghanistan and Somalia.
One day later, many soldiers were also involved in the freedom celebrations. On 5 May 1945, the capitulation of the German occupying forces was signed in Wageningen.