Thank You Canada!

Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society

In cities across Canada we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands and the rest of Europe from April 2020 to July 2020.

Celebrating 75 Years of Freedom



On August 31, 2018, the Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society was formed in partnership with the BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion and registered with the BC Societies Registrar. The group is coordinating efforts to provide various events and activities in Canada to thank and to honour Canada and its soldiers, sailors, and airmen.

2020 Liberation program

Program Overview

Our liberation celebration program includes an educational project for school children, a tulip project, Remembrance Day services, Prinses Christina Concert, King's Day, and a musical Cinematique with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

About the Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society

About Us

Representatives from the BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion, and members of various Dutch organizations in Canada joined together and created this Society. Learn more about the founding members of the society, our associates and sponsors.

Volunteers needed for Dutch Canadian Liberation Day 2020

Volunteers Needed

We are seeking volunteers to help with committee work and planning of events and activities.

Planting Tulips to Thank Canada



We have chosen the tulips ‘Canadian Liberator’ and ‘Strong Love’ to help raise awareness of the many sacrifices made by our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and to thank Canada for its contributions to end World War II in Europe.

Our goal is to plant as many red tulips across the country in cities, towns, villages, parks, and home gardens, to create an atmosphere of overwhelming thanks and appreciation of Canada and its veterans.

Join in the fall 2019 excitement to accomplish our goal for Spring 2020 to decorate the town red with flowering tulips.

Coquitlam War Bride Remembers



Elsley Foulds
Elsley and Yetty Foulds

“The veterans parade in Apeldoorn created moments of overwhelming tears for my husband, for he felt in his heart how the people expressed such appreciation and thankfulness for their freedom – he realized the fight for freedom had really been worth the price”.

Elsley and Yetty Foulds

Previous Celebrations



Letter Pierre TrudeauIn a letter written by Prime Minster Pierre Elliott Trudeau on the occasion of the 25th anniversary in 1970 he stated “The Netherlands and Canada are bound by friendship that is strong and true. It has been reinforced by our common struggle for freedom during World War II and by the remarkable contributions to their adopted land of our many citizens of Dutch origin. There could be no more eloquent affirmation of this friendship than “Operation Thank You Canada”.

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25th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands in Ottawa

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Mr. G. Bouman, Mr. H. van Hest, Mr. H. Steen, Mr. G. van Gelderen, and Mr. W. Zylmans coordinated and sponsored the sending of 35 Canadian veterans, liberators of the country, to return to Holland to participate in the liberation anniversary of VE Day.

Veterans experienced firsthand the gratitude of the Dutch people to Canada and its Canadian soldiers.

Veterans participated in the liberation parade in Apeldoorn and and visited their fallen comrades buried at war cemeteries in Bergen op Zoom and in Arnhem.

On April 24, 1995, Mr. Klaas Elgersma, President, Dutch Canadians Remember 1945 Society, presented to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation the offer of a monument as a token of appreciation to the people of Canada for their participation in the 1945 liberation of the Netherlands.

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50th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands by Dutch-Canadians in Vancouver, British Columbia

60 Years of LiberationVANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 2010 – The six British Columbia regiments, which helped liberate the Netherlands in 1944 and 1945 from its brutal Nazi oppressor, each received an oak-mounted plaque commemorating the country’s regained freedom.  Okanagan-based Dutch-born sculptor Geert Maas made twelve such bronze plaques.  The other six will become the property of sponsors.

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Reflections on Sixty Years of Freedom in the Netherlands

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Recommended Books



Terrible Victory

Terrible Victory

By Mark Zuehlke

On September 4, 1944, Antwerp, Europe’s largest port, fell to the Second British Army and it seemed the war would soon be won. But Antwerp was of little value unless the West Scheldt Estuary linking it to the North Sea was also in Allied hands.

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On to Victory

The Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands, March 23-May 5, 1945 by Mark Zuehlke

The eighth Canadian Battle Series volume shares the story of the tense final days of WWII, remembered in the Netherlands as “the sweetest of springs,” which saw the country’s liberation from German occupation.

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Testimonials



“I wanted to let you know that I managed to sell all 90 boxes of tulips that we ordered. PEACHLAND WILL BE DECORATED RED!”
Mrs. Jean Saul, President, Peachland Branch #69

Good morning Adriana & Erik,

My name is Erik Leidekker and I reside in Chilliwack BC and I’m also a citizen of the Netherlands. Last week I was going through the Council Agendas for August and noticed that the Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society delegation was in attendance for a presentation to Council. Since I was in Europe in August, I was not able to attend.

I like to thank the Society for their effort in highlighting and creating awareness of a period that is of great importance to the Dutch people. Unfortunately, the great acts of bravery and sacrifice by the Canadian armed forces is largely going unnoticed in the country that played such an important role in the liberation of the Netherlands. Next May we say thanks to Canada once again and hopefully the Society’s efforts will create additional awareness amongst the Canadian public.

In May 2020, my wife and I will be attending the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands in my home town of Deventer which is 20 km west from the Canadian cemetery at Holten.

Again, thank you and I wish the Society all the best with the preparation and commemoration of this important event.

Best regards, Erik Leidekker Chilliwack BC

News and Updates



The second annual Canadian Walk for Veterans will be held at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam BC on Saturday, October 19th, 2019″

Burnaby company plants 10,000 tulips to commemorate Dutch liberation
Brian Minter: Commemorative tulips
Dutch Liberation Canadian Society Looking For Delta’s Help to Mark Milestone
Chilliwack Encouraged to Commemorate Liberation of Holland

Founding Members of The Society



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