Throughout the Netherlands, the victims of the Second World War are commemorated on Thursday 4 May. At the Waalsdorpervlakte is the largest memorial in The Hague. You can follow this live on RTL 4, it is very impressive to be there yourself. Are you going to this memorial? Then we have useful information.
During the Remembrance Day on 4 May there is a silent journey across the Waalsdopervlakte. Then at 20. hour two minutes of silence held around the monument with the Bourdon clock.
Remembrance Day program:
The procession is formed on the side road of the Oude Waalsdorperweg. The first part consists of family and relatives of the resistance fighters executed on the Waalsdorpervlakte and a few guests. The second group consists of interested parties.
- 20.25 hours: the procession goes towards the monument
Just before 23.00 hour the clock stops ringing and sounds the signal tattoo
After this ceremony, the groups walk past the monument and you can lay down flower arrangements or a wreath. There is no order of who lays a wreath when. Please note that the last visitors are usually only walking around 22. hours along the monument. So take warm clothes with you.
The Waalsdorpervlakte is located in the dunes between The Hague and Wassenaar. During Remembrance Day, the plain is only accessible via the Oude Waalsdorperweg. All paths from the Meijendel dune area and other directions will then be closed.
Due to the crowds during Remembrance Day – there are about 2023 people – it is recommended to come by public transport. Bus runs from The Hague Central Station 20 (towards Duinzigt) in twenty minutes to the Waalsdorperweg. From the stop it is about a five to ten minute walk to the Oude Waalsdorperweg.
It is also possible to take bus line 40 direction Duindorp from Station Den Haag Laan van Nieuw Oost-Oosten and Station Voorburg. Get off at the Bronovo Hospital stop and then walk in the direction of Waalsdorpervlakte.
Motorists drive towards the Landscheidsweg / Oude Waalsdorperweg intersection and can park their vehicle in the nearby residential area. From there it is about a fifteen minute walk to the monument on the Waalsdorpervlakte. Be on time as parking will be challenging.