May 4 in the Netherlands is Remembrance Day. It began right after World War II as a day to remember Dutch soldiers. It now is a day to remember those who have served in any war, conflict or peace making mission. National and local ceremonies are held throughout the country.
During my first visit to to Nederland, I happened to be there on this day. I attended a ceremony in Barneveld with Stefan, as he was photographing the event. Dutch flags, men and women in uniform, music, and wreaths placed in memory of those lost… very similar to us Americans gathering on Memorial or Veteran’s Day. It was also another reminder that I didn’t need to understand the language to feel a part of what was being honored.