Liberation Day

Freedom Day on Langstraat

Liberation Day is celebrated by the Dutch on May 5. Also known as Freedom Day, this historic day commemorates the end of WWII in the Netherlands. Even though the war wasn’t over in the rest of Europe, the Germans surrendered here on May 5, 1945 in Wageningen at the Hotel de Wereld (the world). That name seems fitting… as soon after (as we all know!) they surrendered to the rest of the world as well.

A few years ago I was in Barneveld for their Freedom Day celebrations. While Stefan was taking photos, I enjoyed the parade and ceremony in their village square. The Dutch don’t display their flag everywhere on a daily basis like in the States, so it was special seeing it hanging prominently throughout Barneveld on this day.

Freedom Day Celebration

Square in Barneveld


  1. Martin Van Schubert

    What a great celebration. I live in Canada and my Dutch heritage is still a big part of my life. Being born seven years after the end of WWII did not leave me a reason not to know of the sacrifice made by these young men. I worked with a few veterans and I understand the cost, but the reception by the Dutch people was not forgotten by these brave men.
    God bless the King, God bless the Netherlands.

    • Kris

      Thanks for your comment! I have spent quite a bit of time in The Netherlands the past few years and you’re right – the Dutch still remember the sacrifices the Canadians and Americans made for their freedom.

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