The original intent of Memorial Day was solely for the Dutch victims of World War II. Since 1961 a broader definition of Remembrance Day that includes ALL victims of war or who died since the outbreak of the Second World War is officially adopted, so also people of other races and nationalities. (source)
Each year at May 4 the Netherlands have all sort of gatherings to remember all those victims.
At eight o’clock in the evening the whole country is silent for two minutes, well…they should be.
There are people who criticize this custom and I can only think of this:
Neale D. Walsch:
“The horror of the Hitler experience was not that he perpetrated it on the human race, but that the human care allowed him to.”
We haven’t learned from our past unfortunately, we’re in the middle of a war right now. Still fighting in the name of religion, politics, culture differences and – really people, still at 2016?!?! – fighting because of difference of skin-color, gender, sexual preference.
I know… I know. It’s human nature to keep trying to survive and all what is holding us back in doing that, has to move or even die. However, although the world is in a way smaller than we think, the world is big enough for all of us to live peacefully with or next to each other.
Thanks to all of you freedom fighters for your sacrifices, your attempts to provide us, survivors, freedom. Freedom we are still fighting for each day since our interpretation of freedom differs and we just can’t seem to find a way to co-exist without hurting each other.
Rest in peace dear victims, my thoughts are with your family and friends as always, but especially today.
May 4 – Remembrance Day.