Commemoration ceremony on the Dam
The commemoration ceremony at the National Monument on the Dam is open to everyone. Seating is reserved for guests who attend the commemoration service in De Nieuwe Kerk. Over 20,000 people with an interest in it attend. If you wish to take part, then take into account the crowds and follow the direction boards. For the annual programme go to 4en5mei.nl.
The first wreath will be laid by the King and Queen on behalf of the whole Dutch population. This wreath will be laid just before 20:00, when the two-minute silence begins.
Then, five wreaths will be laid by first generation war victims for various groups of war casualties:
As the commemoration has a national character, no wreaths are laid by representatives of other countries involved in the liberation of the Kingdom or by countries which have occupied the Kingdom.
Before the parade begins, flowers are laid by fifty primary school children who took part earlier in the Silent March through Amsterdam. Afterwards, anyone can lay a floral tribute or wreath during the parade. Scouts also hand out flowers.
NOS broadcasts the service from De Nieuwe Kerk live from 18:45 on NPO 1. The National Commemoration at the National Monument can be seen live on NPO 1, 2 and 3 from 19:45.