On Tuesday evening, the Netherlands will observe Remembrance day. The Dutch will commemorate soldiers and civilians who died in World War II with two minutes of silence. The commemorations will be without crowds, just like last year, but there will be some restrictions for the whole country to be in silence.
At 19:58, on an empty Dam Square, a trumpet will play the Last Post, and at 8 pm the whole country will go silent for straight two minutes. The supermarkets and shops will be closed at 7 pm, trains and cars will stop, and there will be no take-offs or landings at Schiphol airport during these two minutes.
With the presence of prime minister Mark Rutte and Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema, King Willem-Alexander, and Queen Maxima will lay a wreath at the memorial on Dam square. After the King and Queen will lay the wreath, Amara van der Elst, spoken word artist, will read a piece, and André van Duin, singer, and comedian will make a short address.
Organisers Comite 4 en 5 Mei are encouraging people to buy flowers and put them at a war memorial in their neighborhood, people also have the opportunity to buy virtual flowers, via the website to put them at one of the 4,000 memorials nationwide.