Watch Remembrance Ceremony at Mill Hill Cemetery online on 4 May 2020 at 7.55 pm
On Monday the 4th of May, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom will broadcast the annual UK-based Remembrance Ceremony (Dodenherdenking) on Facebook. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the annual ceremony at Mill Hill Cemetery will be kept small, and the Dutch Embassy in the UK will bring the ceremony to people’s living rooms by broadcasting it on www.facebook.com/dutchembassyuk. A video of the event will be placed online on 4 May 2020 at 7.55pm British Summer Time.
Two minutes of silence
The ceremony at Mill Hill Cemetery will be conducted by Ambassador Simon Smits, Captain RNLN Wolter Sillevis Smitt and the Minister of the Dutch Church in London, Bertjan van de Lagemaat, including the two-minute silence. Contributing to the ceremony remotely is Ms Anouk Scheepens, singing the Dutch National Anthem, and several pupils of de Regenboogschool – a Dutch Saturday school in London – reciting poems. From the Netherlands, the bugler of the Dutch Marines Fife and Drum Corps, Brian Aartman, will play the bugle call.
What do we remember on the 4th of May?
Ever since the end of the Second World War, the Netherlands has been commemorating its war victims on 4 May at 8pm. Since 1961, the victims of the Second World War are remembered together with Dutch victims of more recent conflicts, wars and peacekeeping missions elsewhere in the world.
Remembrance outside of the Netherlands
The two minutes of silence on the 4th of May are always at 8pm local time. That means in the UK the Remembrance Ceremony is one hour later than in the Netherlands. As such, it is possible to watch the official Nationale Dodenherdenking ceremony in the Netherlands (with His Majesty King Willem-Alexander) at 7pm BST (via https://www.npostart.nl/live) and an hour later tune in on the Facebook page of the Dutch Embassy in the UK for the ceremony at Mill Hill Cemetery, where many Dutch WWII victims are laid to rest.