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President of Germany Joachim Gauck in Breda for May 5 speech

President of Germany Joachim Gauck in Breda for May 5 speech
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Public waiting near the Grote Kerk in Breda for His Royal Highness Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and Joachim Gauck, President of Germany to arrive.
President of Germany Joachim Gauck in Breda for May 5 speech
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Among the welcoming committee: demissionary Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Queen's Commissioner of the province of North Brabant Wim van de Donk, Deputy Mayor of Breda Alfred Arbouw.
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The cars with the high guests arrive, accompanied by motorized policemen.
President of Germany Joachim Gauck in Breda for May 5 speech
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German President Gauck and Prince Willem Alexander as they step out of the car on arrival.
President of Germany Joachim Gauck in Breda for May 5 speech
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German President Gauck is welcomed by Mr. Wim van de Donk.
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The Grote Kerk (Large Church) in Breda, where Mr. Gauck gave the May 5 speech, was only accessible today for invited guests.
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Right around the corner, North Brabant's giants are waiting for the high guests and invitees to leave the Grote Kerk and come join the public festivities... Are they ready yet?.
President of Germany Joachim Gauck in Breda for May 5 speech
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Cadets from the Royal Military Academy (Dutch: Koninklijke Militaire Academie or KMA) marching out to go form an honour guard at the other side of the street, and keep the public on a save distance.
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All ready and waiting for things to come.
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After a two hours wait, the group of special guests arrive and walk toward the podium where the public celebrations will be opened.
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Among the crowd: Mr. Joachim Gauck, Prince Willem Alexander (Waving) and Mr. Mark Rutte.
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A warning finger by Deputy Mayor of Breda Alfred Arbouw. Seemingly only joking though.
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Mr. Marc Rutte, demissionary Prime Minister, addresses the crowd on the Kasteelplein (Castle Square) from the podium. The projection on a large screen makes it visible for all.
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Mr. Marc Rutte talks about the meaning of Liberation Day and Freedom, to the gathered public on the Kasteelplein (Castle Square), Breda.
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Documentary video by Yvonne Raaymaekers where Mrs. An Derven and Mr. Jan Bachman share about their memories of war and liberation. An Derven "Then one morning, my dad came into my room and said: 'It is war'... I will never forget that moment".
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Documentary video by Yvonne Raaymaekers where Mrs. An Derven and Mr. Jan Bachman share about their memories of war and liberation. Jan Bachman: "You just felt like an animal that was only left out for a walk once in a while".
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Yvonne Raaymaekers, An Derven and Jan Bachman interviewed by Mark Rutte and Guus Meeuwis.
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Mr. Marc Rutte, demissionary Prime Minister, addresses the crowd on the Kasteelplein (Castle Square) .
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Mark Rutte, assisted by Yvonne Raaijmakers (Photographer), ready to lit the Freedom Fire, that was carried by runners in estafette from Wageningen to Breda.
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The Freedom Fire is lit. With this symbolic act, the public celebrations of Liberation Day are opened all over the country.
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As the freedom fire is lit, balloons are released to to colour the sky in red-blue-white, the national colours.
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Happy congratulations between Mark Rutte and Yvonne Raaijmakers, as the Liberation Fire is burning, and the last balloons float towards the sky.
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"Guus" Meeuwis with his band on the podium - Breda, Bevrijdingsdag (Liberation Day) 2012.
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"Guus" Meeuwis, singer and songwriter, opened the celebrations in Breda with a musical performance.
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The burning Fire of Freedom, symbol of Liberation Day. Breda, Bevrijdingsdag (Liberation Day) 2012.
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Joachim Gauck, the new German President made the opening speech at the Liberation Memorial Day ceremony of the Netherlands (May 5, 1945) in Breda. An estimated 30,000 visitors participated in the celebrations.

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