Liberation Day

By: Louk Vreeswijk

May 03 2020

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Category: Europe, Netherlands

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For the 75th time this year. Every year on the 5th of May we celebrate the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany. On the 7th of May 1945 the allied forces drove through this street, then called the Noorder Amstellaan, into Amsterdam, cheered and applauded by its inhabitants. A year later the street was renamed Churchill-laan and since a few years I am living in that street.

I took this picture from my window on May 5, 2015. Seventy years of freedom was commemorated by an entry into town of the same army vehicles as used by the allied forces in 1945. There are certainly less people applauding for them, but the photo breathes the relaxed atmosphere of a free country. It’s springtime, the sun shines gently through the young green leaves and people, young and old, move or stand scattered along the road. The atmosphere is no longer one of ‘finally liberated’ but of a lifelong life in freedom.

Photo of the week: Bevrijdingsdag (Liberation Day), Churchill-laan, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 5 May 2015

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