The History of Canadian Commemoration Events
History of Canadian Commemoration events organized by Dutch-Canadians to commemorate the Liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian
From Operation Thank You Canada in 1970 to Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society
Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society was incorporated under the Societies
Act on August 31, 2018 in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion and the
Netherlands Association “Je Maintiendrai” – Dutch Network. The Directors of the
Society include representatives from the Canadian Association for the
Advancement of Nederlandic Studies (CAANS); the Dutch Business Club (DBC),
Vancouver and the Netherlands Association “Je Maintiendrai” – Dutch Network
and Canadian citizens dedicated to supporting the purpose.
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In doing some research, other Dutch-Canadians have also undertaken a similar venture to acknowledge and recognize Canada’s efforts as per the 25 th Anniversary, 50 th Anniversary and 60 th Anniversary.
On the occasion of the 25 th Anniversary, a Dutch-Canadian Committee 1945-70
under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Juliana and His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands created “Operation Thank You Canada”.
Highlights of the National Commemoration and Festivities in Ottawa on the occasion of the 25 th anniversary of Holland’s liberation were documented on an L.P. Stereo Music Album written and produced by Jan van Bruchem and Narrated by Ken Haslam.
In May 1995, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary, William Zylmans, (father of Adriana Zylmans), Hans Steen, Gerry Bouwman, and Hank van Ness were the directors of the Holland Revisited Society 1945 -1995. They coordinated and sponsored the sending of 35 Canadian veterans to return to the Netherlands to witness the expression of thank you by the Dutch people to Canada and its Canadian veterans.
To reflect on 60 years of Freedom in 2005, 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 the bronze plaques. The Dutch-Canadians Enjoying 60 Years of Freedom group lead by J. Herman van Wermeskerken also held a “Host a Veteran” dinner party in Vancouver.
A teacher/student project seeking to link 75 Canadian Schools with 75 Schools in the Netherlands. British Columbia students from grade 7 to grade 12 may participate. The focus of the global initiative is for teachers and students from the Netherlands and across Canada to work together to research a unit of study that may impact learning about “Liberation 1945”.
When one Abbotsford elementary school teacher received a batch of tulip bulbs from Agricultural Canada with instructions to plant them for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands, the flowers bloomed into a massive learning experience for her Grade 3/4 class, their parents, the community and even herself.
Vancouver will be turning red next spring to mark the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. About 110,000 red tulip bulbs are being planted around the city to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Nazi occupation by Canadian soldiers during the Second World War.
Original Source: Burnaby Now A Burnaby-based operator of seniors’ homes is taking part in a national project to commemorate the liberation of the Netherlands by