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Asher
04-05-2005, 15:21:23
Dutch event thanks Canada for liberation
Last Updated Wed, 04 May 2005 10:04:20 EDT

HOLTEN, THE NETHERLANDS - Young children sang, veterans in their 80s laid wreaths and a helicopter dropped poppies Wednesday as the people of the Netherlands honoured Canada for liberating their country from Germany in 1945.

Children present a wreath at a memorial service in Holten Wednesday.

Thousands of children from both Canada and the Netherlands took part in a ceremony at the Canadian War Cemetery in Holten to mark the Netherlands' version of Remembrance Day.

This year's Remembrance Day was a special one, falling 60 years after VE-Day, or Victory in Europe Day, when the Second World War was declared over in Europe.

At one point in the two-hour event, the children fanned out to lay spring flowers on each of the simple white gravestones of the 1,355 Canadian soldiers buried in the Holten graveyard.

They were among the 7,600 Canadians who died liberating Holland.

Town's children will never forget: mayor

The town's mayor promised visiting Canadian veterans that Dutch children will make sure their fallen comrades' final resting places will not be neglected as the years go on.

Patrick Tauvette, a 16-year-old visiting from Montreal with his grandfather, who served in the Netherlands during the war, was impressed by what he saw and heard.

"A couple of years from now, young kids are not going to remember any of this, and I think it's good to come hear and pass on the memories," he said.

To underline that point, a Dutch girl read Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae's famous First World War poem In Flanders Fields in English, followed by a young boy reading the same poem in Dutch.

Princess Margriet, who was born in Canada while her mother took refuge in Ottawa during the war, attended the ceremony.

Canada's government was represented at the ceremony by Senator Art Eggleton and Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson.

"I feel solemnly, humbly glad to be here on behalf of all Canadians," Clarkson told those in attendance.

"This victory was meaningful because it was achieved for the people of the Netherlands, who suffered so profoundly under tyranny...
A helicopter drops poppies over the Canadian War Cemetery during a Dutch Remembrance Day event Wednesday.

"Our national destinies are bound together."

Eggleton and Clarkson had also attended a similar ceremony at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery a day earlier.

Prime Minister Paul Martin had cancelled his plans to attend this week's observances in Europe, not wanting to leave Ottawa because his minority government is in danger of falling.

However, Martin and the other federal party leaders announced Tuesday that they would all depart for the Netherlands on Sunday, after the new Canadian War Museum opens in Ottawa, to attend some final VE-Day events involving Canadian veterans.

Lurker the Second
04-05-2005, 15:22:49
Great, another opportunity for SS to start whining.

Asher
04-05-2005, 15:23:50
Supersneak, or the SS.

Lurker the Second
04-05-2005, 15:25:07
Not sneak.

Venom
04-05-2005, 15:28:46
Canada was in the war?

MDA
04-05-2005, 15:30:38
Asher sure wasn't.

Asher
04-05-2005, 15:33:53
Family was.

Venom
04-05-2005, 15:36:45
The were in the Navy, weren't they?

Asher
04-05-2005, 15:39:20
Mom's side was, dad's side was Army.

Venom
04-05-2005, 15:40:52
We know which side of the family gave you the gay gene then.

Drekkus
04-05-2005, 15:54:07
They should have called it VD Day.

But thank you for liberating me, asher. You're a good sport.

MDA
04-05-2005, 15:55:13
Not necessarily - his dad could be the army guy from the Village People.

Asher
04-05-2005, 16:05:18
Originally posted by Drekkus
They should have called it VD Day.

But thank you for liberating me, asher. You're a good sport.
I only did it because Dutch boys can be very cute.

Drekkus
04-05-2005, 16:11:03
We exported loads of them to Canada in the last 100 years.

Asher
04-05-2005, 16:16:18
Oh, don't I know it.

My best friend back home in Calgary has Dutch parents. Hott.

He was born in Sweden though.

Drekkus
04-05-2005, 16:31:05
The place where my parents live was liberated by canadians. There's a pretty big canadian cemetery nearby.

mr.G
04-05-2005, 16:39:16
And we have a lot of 60 year old balletdancers there.

Chairman Yang
04-05-2005, 16:41:38
Originally posted by Drekkus
They should have called it VD Day.


:lol:

Asher
04-05-2005, 16:53:22
http://a123.g.akamai.net/f/123/12465/1d/media.canada.com/cp/world/20050504/w050420a.jpg

MoSe
04-05-2005, 17:24:31
Originally posted by Drekkus
But thank you for liberating me, asher.

He wasn't talking to you, he liberated Dekkus

Drekkus
04-05-2005, 17:27:47
Dekkus is a pretty funny name though. :lol:

jsorense
04-05-2005, 18:02:16
The book, not the movie, "A Bridge Too Fay" by Cornelius Rayan (1974) describes some, just some, of what the Dutch suffered. Brave souls.

RedFred
04-05-2005, 20:31:27
Did you mean "G" instead of "F"?

Sad that the vets get far more respect in Holland than they do here.

Immortal Wombat
04-05-2005, 22:39:39
Or a P?

jsorense
04-05-2005, 23:39:17
Originally posted by RedFred
Did you mean "G" instead of "F"?
:o :o :o Yes, yes I did.

Venom
05-05-2005, 00:06:13
Or maybe he meant fey.

Oerdin
05-05-2005, 11:41:23
How does one tell a gay bridge from a straight bridge?

MDA
05-05-2005, 12:39:59
Gay bridges bend to the left no matter which way you cross them.