COMMEMORATIONS KAMP AMERSFOORT

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April 19th commemoration consignment to Red Cross

Every year we commemorate the official handing over of Kamp Amersfoort to the Red Cross on the 19th of April. During the commemoration several speakers give a short lecture.

The ceremony is attended by personal guests, including former prisoners , relatives , representatives of the Ministry of Health , provincial and municipal governments , the Dutch Red Cross and several fellow institutions .

Every year the ‘camp bell’ is sound by Mr. F. van den Berg jr. , son of prisoner Frans van den Berg sr. ( the camp cook) . In 1945 he was first asked by Mrs. Van Overeem, to ring the bell for the final appeal. Frans van den Berg was only fifteen -year-old at the time. 

After two minutes of silence the parade begins towards the monument ‘Prisoner in front of the Fire Platoon’ at the end of the former shooting range . The first wreath is always deposited by two former prisoners. Each present person is handed a rose which is then deposited at the statue ‘The Stone Man’.

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May 4 Remembrance Day

In the Netherlands May 4th is a National Memorial day. During this commemoration a two-minute silence is observed throughout the nation at 20:00 for the Dutch war victims. All those who were killed or murdered during the Second World War are commemorated . The Dutch who died in war and in peace operations since the Second World War are also commemorated.

The memorial and the visitors building of the National Memorial Camp Amersfoort are open all day on Wednesday, May 4th (from 9:00 to 20:00 pm) . During the day free public tours are offered.

In the afternoon you can visit the Leusderheide . The commemoration will begin at 14:00 pm
The Silent Parade starts at 18.45 from Camp Amersfoort to Rusthof cemetery.
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May 5 Liberation Day

The memorial and the visitors building of the National Memorial Camp Amersfoort are open all day on May 5th (from 9:00 to 17:00 pm) . During the day free public tours are offered.

From 10:00 am guided tours start every half hour. The last tour starts at around 15:00 . The tours last approximately one hour. In the night of May 4th  to May 5th the liberation torch is brought to Camp Amersfoort.

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