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"Remembrance Day: laying of wreaths" Serooskerke (Walcheren) Things to Do Tip by Bonobo2005

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  Ceremony on the Coinsquare
by Bonobo2005

The Coinsqaure also serves as a memorial for war victimes.

Every year, National Remembrance Day (4th of may) in Serooskerke starts on the Coinsquare, with the laying of wreaths.

Wreaths are laid by several people representing church, village council, municipality and so on, too many I would say, but ok, otherwise it is finished so soon, even by schoolchildren!

Various speeches are delivered. I vaguely remember part of a poem made and performed by a schoolkid (translated):


Freedom is for everyone
A child, in war, all alone
No, that's not freedom for everyone...

Freedom is for everyone
There's is no freedom
When a child is abused
And neither if it lives on a rubbish-dump

Freedom is for everyone
Children under 16 should not work
Because that doesn't make you wise
So every child has the right of education

Freedom is for everyone
Freedom is being happy
Not being abused
And no war anymore...

(last two phrases unknown because a car passed by)

author unknown

what do we commemorate?
Since the end of the Second World War, the Dutch have observed 4 May as a day of reflection, a day to honour the victims of war. At eight o'clock in the evening the country unites in commemorating the civilians and members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the Second World War. Unlike most countries, the Netherlands does not mark the occasion with large military parades. People all over the country gather at war memorials in their own communities, and at the stroke of eight the entire country observes a two-minute silence.

Remembrance Day is a tribute to all Dutch victims of war. Special honour is paid to civilians and to members of the armed forces who fell in the Second World War, and to all Dutch nationals who have lost their lives since, in other wars or in peacekeeping operations.

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  • Updated Aug 9, 2004
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