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News - All - 30 Apr 2018

News Item 73 of 1610 

Miscellaneous: 30 Apr 2018
V-E WEEKEND - May 5th & 6th

Saturday May 5th, the CAV Riders Unit 1 will be commemorating the Liberation of the Netherlands, at Market Square Kitchener, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Sunday May 6th, The K-W Naval Association will be commemorating the Battle of the Atlantic, with a parade and Cenotaph Ceremony (Service at 11 a.m.)

Liberation of the Netherlands -**

More than 7,600 Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen died fighting in the Netherlands. They are buried today in official war cemeteries across the country. The largest, Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery near the city of Nijmegen, holds the graves of more than 2,300 Canadians.

Canadians are fondly remembered by the Dutch as both liberators and saviors who rescued millions from sickness and starvation in 1945. The joyous "Canadian summer" that followed forged deep and long-lasting bonds of friendship between the two countries.

Every year since the war, the Netherlands has sent thousands of tulips to Ottawa, in appreciation for Canada's sacrifice and for providing safe harbour to the Dutch royal family, which lived in exile in Canada during the war. The Canadian-Dutch bond is also celebrated every summer during the Nijmegen Marches an annual, international military marching competition at which the Netherlands' liberation by Canadian soldiers is warmly and gratefully remembered.

Battle of the Atlantic -**

The Battle of the Atlantic, from 1939 to 1945, was the longest continuous battle of the Second World War. Canada played a key role in the Allied struggle for control of the North Atlantic, as German submarines worked furiously to cripple the convoys shipping crucial supplies to Europe. Victory was costly: more than 70,000 Allied seamen, merchant mariners and airmen lost their lives, including 4,600 Canadians.

LEST WE FORGET

 

**With files from The Canadian Encyclopaedia

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/battle-of-the-atlantic/

 

 


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