It organises the national observance of Remembrance Day on 4 May and the national celebration of Liberation Day on 5 May. In addition, it provides advice and support to the organisers of commemoration ceremonies held elsewhere in the country, and it organises public information programmes and campaigns. The National Committee also initiates educational programmes and carries out applied research on the commemoration of victims of war and the celebration of liberation and freedom. Over the years, it has developed into the foremost centre of expertise when it comes to such commemorations and celebrations.
The National Committee for 4 and 5 May was established by royal decree on 27 November 1987. The members of the National Committee are appointed by royal decree on the recommendation of the prime minister and the state secretary of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport for a period of six years. The members are generally not eligible for reappointment.
Their primary duties involve giving direction, substance and form to commemorations and celebrations and to keeping alive our memory of the Second World War.
The core tasks of the National Committee for 4 and 5 May are:
In 2019 and 2020 we will be celebrating the 75th anniversay of the liberation of the Netherlands and the fact that we have enjoyed living in freedom since then.
In addition to the existing commemorations and celebrations, the National Committee for 4 and 5 May will be organising a number of large-scale events, together with Stichting coördinatie 75 jaar vrijheid [Foundation for the coordination of 75 years of freedom]. In doing so, the National Committee will be collaborating with provinces and municipalities and with the organisers of local and regional commemorations and celebrations.