4 and 5 May 2020

Commemorate all those who suffered and fell through the atrocities of war, both at home and abroad, and reflect on the vulnerability of 75 Years of Freedom

Every year on 4 May, The Netherlands commemorates all those, civilians and military, who died or were murdered in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and in other parts of the world, since the start of the Second World War, the Holocaust, and in other conflicts and peace operations.

75 years have passed since the end of WW II and few men and women who fought and survived are still alive. Their passing makes it more important than ever to remember them and others. To never forget what they fought for, what they lived through and what kind of future they wanted for their children and grandchildren.

The Dutch community in Auckland and Lucy Powell organise a yearly commemoration at the Dutch Monument in Parnell Rose Garden in Auckland. This year we commemorate digitally and from our homes. We share with you video messages from Ambassador Mira Woldberg, NZ Minister of Defence and Veterans Hon Ron Mark, MP Marja Lubeck, and a wreath laying by Honorary Consul Sake Hitman.

This year, on 5 May the Dutch also celebrate 75 years of freedom. Freedom cannot be taken for granted. It requires maintenance and active citizenship. It requires respect for human rights, human dignity and the rule of law. History has taught us that we all have a responsibility, a role to play to defend and promote freedom and democracy. We have to stand up against injustice.

Let us celebrate 75 years of freedom and continue to work together to ensure freedom worldwide, especially now the COVID-19 virus creates so many challenges to our freedom.

HE Ambassador Mira Woldberg

View video: 4 and 5 May 2020 – 75 Years of Freedom