Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Remembrance day

Every year on the fourth of May, we remember the people who died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II in the Netherlands.. Our queen Beatrix among other dignitaries, lays a wreath at the National Monument at Dam Square in Amsterdam.

During the two minutes silence a crazy guy started to cry out loud, a panic broke out as someone lost his briefcase and this was thought to be a bomb. A mounted police officer took the briefcase and took it from the scene. People got injured, several people broke bones..

The whole incident did not take long, the Queen who was ushered away was quickly to return, once the ceremony was finished. The royal family went to see the victims of the panic to show their concern and their care.

I am happy to be Dutch, yesterdays sad situation was handled well and the crazy guy will get psychiatric treatment. Today we celebrate our liberation day. All the festivities are progressing as normal; my town is festive, the sun is shining. There are several concerts in town. I am glad to find that we are this immune from crazies and terrorists.
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