Today in 1945 it was the last day of WWII in the Netherlands. In about 45 minutes from now (at 8 PM or 20:00 hrs GMT+1) the whole country will come to a (almost) complete stand-still for two minutes of silence to commemorate all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of the Second World War. Trains will stop on the tracks, no landing or take-off on airports, people will park their cars and stop driving. The king and queen are attending a big ceremony in the heart of Amsterdam at the Dam square. Tomorrow it's Liberation Day, which is a National Holiday with a lot of Liberation Festivals all over the country. Link: (in English) The Netherlands will go quiet on May 4 for two minutes – here is why.