Today is a yearly special day. The 4th of May is also known as ‘Remembrance of the Dead’ day. In The Netherlands we call it the ‘Dodenherdenking’.
The moment when we are all, on 20:00 (Dutch time) sharp, silent for two minutes.
It is not exactly the same as ‘Remembrance Day’ or ‘Poppy Day’ because that’s on the 11th of November to remember the fallen in World War I.
To commemorate all the members of our armed forces who have died in World War II.
To commemorate all who were victims of the World War II.
To commemorate all who have fought for his/her life, beloved ones, family, friends and others.
Since 1961 this ‘Remembrance of the Dead’ day enlarged with the commemoration of victims of other military conflicts and peacekeeping missions.
To commemorate the victims of the war of the Indonesian National Revolution.
To commemorate the victims of the peacekeeping mission of Lebanon.
To commemorate the victims of the peacekeeping mission of Bosnia.
And for me personally as well:
To commemorate all the people I have known, I have loved and I have lost.
A little candle I lit.
Where the light is, is the hope of peace forever.
Where the warmth of the light is, is the strength of love.
Written by Sophie van den Akker, May 04th 2016
Do you lit a candle today?
Greetings by Sophie