Liberation fire lit in Wageningen, Liberation Day again with festivities

Liberation fire lit in Wageningen, Liberation Day again with festivities

Rawlings, II. He fought in World War II and is one of 20 British veterans who came to the Netherlands to participate in the Liberation Parade in Wageningen. Men lead the parade in historic army vehicles.

Today, the Wageningen fire is lit during the country’s fourteen days of independence, among other things. In the afternoon a fire was also brought from Nijmegen to the German border, where German flagpoles will carry the fire to Kleve. The fire also spread to Germany for the first time. In Kleve it is triggered by mayor Gebing and his Dutch colleague Bruls, the mayor of neighboring Nijmegen.

Two years later, again

Liberation Day is celebrated today for the first time in two years without corona measures: there are fourteen liberation festivals spread across the Netherlands and open to the public for free. Popular artists such as Donnie, Fresku and Duncan Laurence (“Ambassadors of Freedom”) visit many of these festivals to perform.

The concert of 5 May, the traditional end of Independence Day, will take place again tonight on the Amstel in Amsterdam and in the presence of the royal family, with an open-air audience. These events could only be followed live in the last two years.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will be present at the conference in Oss on 5 May at noon. The army is in the hands of a Knight in the Order of William, Lieutenant Colonel Gijs Tuinman. After class, Rutte lights the Liberation Fire in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the start of the Liberation Festival.

war in Ukraine

This year many cities are only in the Second World War. It not only celebrates the end of the Second World War, but also commemorates the victims of the war in Ukraine. For example, the Ukrainian ambassador to the Netherlands Maksym Kononenko will speak at the Liberation Festival in The Hague and the Ukrainian band Go_A will perform at the Liberation Festival in Groningen.

In addition, Ukrainian refugees in Lelystad and Rotterdam attend the Dutch Freedom Dinner. This is a new part of Independence Day. The soup is available in more than four hundred locations across the country.

It is eaten at a freedom dinner where people can celebrate freedom together. In Het Gooi, for example, soup cans are handed out from historic military vehicles and an old-fashioned soup cart drives through North Brabant.

Source: NOS