It's an important day here in Holland. I have mentioned it before, and I will do so again now. On this day (4 May) we pay respect to those citizens and military personnel who died during WWII, and in conflicts since then. The date was chosen (I believe) because it is the day before the celebration of then liberation of the Netherlands after years of occupation by the Germans during WWII. These were extremely difficult and hard times, and I invite all my friends who have never experienced anything remotely like this, to try and imagine what it must be like to live under the authority and domination of a foreign army; an army which rules by violence and terror, and whose primary task is to keep the population submissive, and to strip the land of any resources which may be of value for the occupying nation. Food, materials, motor vehicles and bicycles, people who can work as slave-labor. It was truly a terrible and desperate time. It ended with the liberation, but the last months between the D-day invasion and the final liberation of the Netherlands were a horrible time. Tonight we will have our ceremony at the Dam square in Amsterdam. There will be some short speeches, and many floral arrangements will be lain in honor of victims. And the main event - 2 minutes of silence, observed nationwide - will once again be impressive. A lot of this is still real here. It is not as long ago as many young people seem to think. It is still living memory for many.