The Liberation fire is lit as the Netherlands celebrates

The Netherlands celebrates Liberation Day on Thursday with ceremonies and concerts nationwide.

The events commemorate 66 years since Germany surrendered and the end of World War II.
Events started in Wageningen where the Liberation flame was lit shortly before midnight. Torches were then taken by runners to other fires all over the country.
Germany signed the capitulation documents in Wageningen on May 5, 1945. The south of the country had been liberated months earlier.
Prime minister Mark Rutte will attend a service at the John the Baptist church in the university town and will later kick off the Liberation Day festival series at 13.00 hours. Musical events take place all over the country.


Meanwhile Remembrance commemorations on Wednesday passed off without incident. In Amsterdam, thousands packed into Dam square where the queen, politicians and military officials laid wreaths in memory of the country’s war dead.
Last year, some 60 people were injured in the panic which ensued after a mentally disturbed man began screaming.
The event was also marked at Schiphol airport, where take offs and landings were halted for the two minutes silence at 20.00 hours.

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