At 8 p.m. Dutch time every May 4, the Kingdom of the Netherlands falls silent for two minutes to commemorate the civilians and soldiers who have died in war situations or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak World War II.

Prior to this two minutes, a commemorative service is held at the National Monument on the Dam square in Amsterdam with speeches and wreath layings.

Please note that this year, in view of the measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, all public Remembrance Day activities will be cancelled, at least in the form that we know.

Remembrance Day in the Netherlands and US

This year’s ceremonies, as you may understand, will look a bit different. The wreath-laying ceremonies will be without an audience, but can be followed online.

You are invited to follow the ceremonies:

May 4, 2 p.m. EDT: You can watch the wreath laying by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands on the Dam square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, online at

May 4, 3 p.m. EDT: A wreath-laying ceremony with also take place at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C. A video impression will be published on our Twitter and Facebook pages in the afternoon.

Online events:

May 2-5: Screening of “Winter in Wartime,” a movie based on the Dutch bestselling novel about young Michiel, who grows up in Nazi-occupied the Netherlands. Learn more on

May 4, 2 p.m. EDT: The Museum of Jewish Heritage invite you to a special book-launch event with the author in conversation with Robert Jan van Pelt, world-renowned scholar and Chief Curator of the exhibition, Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. This is a Zoom webinar with limited availability. More information and registration.

Learn more about Remembrance Day in the Netherlands.