Donating flowers for 4 May using Tikkie

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On 4 May, the Netherlands remembers its war victims. This year, circumstances will keep people in their homes when doing so. To help them put flowers at the country’s war memorials, Tikkie has joined forces with the National Committee for 4 and 5 May to promote a new initiative: ‘Flowers for 4 May’. From today, everyone can use Tikkie to donate flowers, which will be laid at war memorials across the country on 4 May.

With the country only able to remember its dead remotely on 4 May, Tikkie, ABN AMRO’s payment service, has come up with an alternative way to remember its many war victims and keep connected as a nation. Meanwhile, the country’s floriculture sector has ground to a complete halt, while many flowers are already in bloom and awaiting buyers.

Innovative remembrance

“Through its ‘Flowers for 4 May’ initiative, Tikkie is bringing together flowers and remembrance in a very special fashion,” says Jan van Kooten, Managing Director of the National Committee for 4 and 5 May. “Flower growers are able to sell their flowers after all and our war memorials will still be decked in bouquets, even if we won’t have the usual Remembrance Day.”

Donating flowers

Using the Tikkie app, everyone can donate flowers, which will be laid at the many war memorials across the Netherlands. To donate, go to bloemenvoor4mei.nl (Dutch only) or use the Tikkie app.

Collaborating with SEAVENTS

The flowers come from Dutch growers and are delivered by SEAVENTS, a collective promoting society’s transition from waste to resource. Over the next two weeks, SEAVENTS will support ‘Flowers for 4 May’, thus guaranteeing the sustainable nature of the initiative.

About the National Committee for 4 and 5 May

The National Committee for 4 and 5 May provides guidance on remembering and celebrating, and on keeping memories of the Second World War alive. The Committee organises National Remembrance Day on 4 May and the National Celebration of Liberation Day on 5 May. It also advises and supports other commemorations in the country and develops education programmes and public campaigns.

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