Annual ceremony at the Netherlands Field of Honour at Mill Hill Cemetery 4 May 2021

On Tuesday 4 May, the Dutch Embassy in the UK held a ceremony at the Netherlands Field of Honour at Mill Hill Cemetery, where many Dutch WWII victims have been laid to rest, to commemorate war victims.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the annual ceremony at Mill Hill Cemetery was kept small. A video of the ceremony can be viewed via our Facebook-page  (www.facebook.com/dutchembassyuk) or our YouTube-page (www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwUeHjD0RvM&t=2s).

Image: Netherlands Field of Honour at Mill Hill Cemetery in London

Two minutes of silence

The ceremony, including the two-minute silence, was conducted by Dutch Ambassador to the UK, Karel van Oosterom, Captain RNLN Gerrit Nijenhuis and the Minister of the Dutch Church in London, Bertjan van de Lagemaat. Ms Anouk Scheepens sang the Dutch National Anthem. Via video, several students of de Regenboogschool - a Dutch Saturday school in London - recited their poems. The bugler of the Dutch Marines Fife and Drum Corps, Brian Aartman, played the bugle call for the ceremony.

The Embassy was also honoured that Mrs. Selma van de Perre-Velleman was present. As a Dutch resistance fighter and Ravensbruck survivor, she continues to strengthen the important message of remembrance and freedom.

What do we remember on the 4th of May?

Ever since the end of the Second World War, the Netherlands has commemorated its war victims on 4 May. Since 1961, victims of the Second World War are also remembered together with Dutch victims of more recent conflicts, wars and peacekeeping missions elsewhere in the world.

Official remembrance ceremony ("Nationale Dodenherdenking") in the Netherlands

The two minutes of silence on the 4th of May always takes place at 20:00 local time. It is possible to rewatch the official 'Nationale Dodenherdenking' ceremony in Amsterdam via https://www.npostart.nl/.

Poems of children of the Dutch Rainbow School London

Pupils of the Dutch Rainbow School 'Regenschoolschool', a Saturday school in London, made poems to commemorate the victims. Read some of their poems here.

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