Mergellandroute: Margraten

15 May

Cimitirul american din Margraten este foarte impresionant: pe doua ziduri lungi vezi toate numele soldatilor inmormantati aici, iar apoi toate crucile care le marcheaza mormintele.

Olandezii sunt profund recunoscatori pentru libertatea de care se bucura dupa cel de-al doilea razboi mondial. In fiecare an, cu multa seriozitate, olandezii marcheaza pe 4 mai Nationale Herdenking, ziua in care se comemoreaza toate victimele cazute in razboi, la ora 20.00 culminand in 2 minute de reculegere. Regele Olandei este prezent in acea seara in piata centrala din Amsterdam, De Dam, ca sa depuna o coroana la monumentul dedicat acestor victme si in fiecare an piata este plina de olandezi de rand care vor astfel la randul lor sa isi exprime gratitudinea.  Chiar si magazinele sunt obligate sa fie inchise dupa ora 19.00 si se evita organizarea de petreceri publice. In ziua urmatoare se sarbatoreste Bevrijdingsdag, ziua eliberarii, o zi la polul opus celei precedente, cu multe petreceri, concerte in aer liber, pentru a sarbatori libertatea, democratia si drepturile omului. Pentru incheierea acestei zile, regele si regina participa in Amsterdam la concertul traditional pe raul Amstel, concert la care publicul poate asista gratis si care este transmis in direct la televizor.

Anul acesta s-au implinit 68 de ani de la incheierea razboiului dar concluziile care se trag in urma lui sunt inca actuale si pastrate vii in Olanda prin aceste doua zile.


The American cemetery in Margraten is very impressive: you see on two long walls all the names of the soldiers buried here and then all the crosses marking their graves. 

The Dutch are deeply grateful for the freedom they are enjoying after WW II. Every year they take two days very seriously. On May 4th the Nationale Herdenking is the day when the victims of war are being commemorated and at 8 p.m. a 2 minutes’ silence is held. The king of the Netherlands is present in the evening in the central square in Amsterdam, De Dam, for a wreath ceremony at the victims’ monument and every year the square is full of Dutch people who want to express their gratitude this way. Even the stores have to be closed after 7 p.m. and there are no public celebrations and parties that day. The next day is Bevrijdingsdag, Liberation Day, the complete opposite of the previous day. with many parties,open air concerts, to celebrate freedom, democracy and human rights. At the end of the day there is a traditional concert in Amsterdam on the Amstel river,attended by the king and queen as well, and by regular Dutchmen (free of charge). It is also broadcasted live on TV..

This year it’s been 68 years since the war ended but the conclusions of it are still very much alive in the Netherlands, surely during these two days.


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