Five veterans of the Second World War were refused entry to the Airborne memorial in Arnhem on Friday night. Arnhem mayor Ahmed Marcouch called their refusal "extremely painful". On Sunday he offered them apologies and a gift. "Unfortunately, this went wrong. We should do better next time", the mayor said, RTL Nieuws reports.
Five years ago today Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, including 196 Dutch. The victims of this disaster were commemorated at the National MH17 Monument in Vijfhuizen on Wednesday afternoon.
The municipality of Hilversum held a small-scale commemoration on the fifth anniversary of the MH17 disaster on Wednesday. "How fantastic that you are here on this sunny day. Five years ago, the sun also shone exuberantly until the terrible disaster happened. A thunderbolt in a clear sky, that is the feeling I had when we heard that it had been shot down", Hilversum mayor Pieter Broertjes said at the commemoration, NOS reports.
The Netherlands honored the American soldiers who fought and died in the Second World War during a Memorial Day ceremony at the American cemetery in Margraten on Saturday. American ambassador Pete Hoekstra was among the attendees. "Today, we stand here with bowed heads, deeply grateful to these fallen soldiers for the legacy they have given us. A legacy of freedom and justice for all", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said in his speech at the ceremony.
Today Apeldoorn is commemorating the 10th anniversary of an attack on the Royal Family in the city on Queen's Day 2009. Today ten years ago Karst T. drove his car through the Queen's Day crowd in an attempt to crash into a bus containing the Royal Family. A total of eight people were killed, including T. himself, and dozens were injured, Omroep Gelderland reports.
Family members of the victims and others involved will gather at a closed meeting in Apeldoorn on Tuesday.
Around 50 people gathered in the center of Amsterdam on Tuesday evening to commemorate the victims killed in attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. Speeches were held and flowers were left on Dam Square. The Sri Lankan flag was also projected onto the facade of Amsterdam Central Station, NOS reports.
Apeldoorn will hold a public gathering on April 30th to commemorate an attack on Queen's Day in 2009. The municipality initially planned a closed meeting only for relatives and those involved, but due to interest decided to extend open the event to the public, a spokesperson for the municipality said to Omroep Gelderland.
The Grote Kerk in Apeldoorn will be open for the commemoration from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on April 30th. There will be no official program, but there will be two showcases featuring cards, letters and stuffed animals left at the scene of the attack in 2009.
Several hundred people gathered on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon for a peace event in commemoration of the victims of attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. The event was organized by 13 organizations who want to "send a powerful signal for peace and against terror", NU.nl reports.
On Friday a right-wing extremist man opened fire on two mosques in the New Zealand city. 50 people were killed and dozens were injured.
The municipality of Amsterdam will place a memorial stone at the Wittenburg community center to commemorate Mohammed Bouchikhi. The 17-year-old boy was gunned down at the community center, where he worked as an intern, in January last year, AT5 reports.
Hundreds of Oss residents gathered on Monday to commemorate the four children killed in a railway accident in the Noord-Brabant city last month. Around 550 people who were directly involved in the tragedy gathered at theater De Lievekamp for the commemoration. Over a thousand others watched on a large screen in the TOP Oss football stadium. Part of the tribune was reserved for pupils of De Korenaer, the primary school the young victims attended, NU.nl reports.
The Stint electric cargo bike involved in a fatal railway accident in Oss last month, was repaired four times since the summer of 2017. It had its battery replaced three times, and once went in for repairs to the bike's throttle, a spokesperson for Stint Urban Mobility confirmed to NU.nl after reports by the Telegraaf.
Hundreds of Oss residents gathered at a rail crossing on Braakstraat in Oss on Thursday evening to commemorate four children who were killed in a collision between a train and a cargo bike at the crossing that morning. They left mountains of flowers and stuffed animals, and lit candles for the children, AD reports.
Rutger Groot Wassink, deputy mayor of Amsterdam, voiced concerns about racism in today's society during the 35th commemoration of the murder of Antillean boy Kerwin Duinmeijer on Dam Square on Monday. Over 200 people attended the commemoration for the 15-year-old boy, Het Parool reports.
An Australian father of three children who were killed in the MH17 disaster condemned Unites States president Donald Trump for refusing to hold Russia and president Vladimir Putin to account for the tragedy. On Facebook Anthony Maslin pointed out some "irrefutable facts" about the disaster to Trump on Tuesday - the 4th anniversary of the Malaysia Airlines plane being shot down.
Relatives will commemorate their loved ones who were killed in the MH17 disaster at the National MH17 Monument in Vijfhuizen on Tuesday. Today is the fourth anniversary of the disaster that claimed 298 lives, including 196 Dutch.
For the first time ever, a member of the Dutch government attended the commemoration fo the Armenian genocide of 1915 and 1916 in Yerevan.
State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance was at the ceremony in the Armenian capital, at the insistence of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament. In the presence of the other foreign guests, he lay flowers at the monument for the victims, NOS reports.
State Secretary Menno Snel of Finance will attend the commemoration of the Armenian genocide in Armenia next week. This is the first time a member of the Dutch government will be present at the commemoration. From now on a Dutch Minister or State Secretary will attend the commemoration every five years, RTL Nieuws reports.
Friends of the late Orlando Boldewijn organized a commemoration meeting in the Ypenburg district in The Hague for Tuesday afternoon. The gathering will happen at 5:30 p.m. on the spot where Orlando's body was found on Monday, Omroep West reports.
The Holocaust was commemorated in Amsterdam on Sunday with a silent march, a ceremony and the laying of wreaths in Wertheimpark. During the ceremony, several speakers raised concerns about increasing anti-Semitism in the Netherlands and the world, NOS reports.
On Thursday afternoon relatives, survivors and other interested parties will commemorate the 57 people killed in a Martainair plane crash in Faro, Portugal on December 21st, 1992. The gathering will happen in the Sint Jansbasiliek in Laren. This 24th commemoration will also be the last one, due to declining interest, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.
The 25th anniversary of an El Al cargo plane crashing into two apartment buildings in Bijlmermeer, was commemorated in Amsterdam-Zuidoost on Wednesday. The accident killed 39 local residents and the four crew members on the plane.
The one year anniversary of the Brussels Bombings, terrorist attacks in which 32 people were killed including three Dutch tourists, was commemorated with a minute of silence at both bombing sites on Wednesday morning. Numerous remembrance ceremonies will be held in the Belgian city throughout the day, AD reports.