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Old 05-05-15, 07:14
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Default May 2015: the Dutch celebrate 70 Years of Freedom

70 Years of Freedom – Stories by WWII Veterans

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On May 1st, a rather special group of people left the airport of Toronto, Canada to visit the 70th anniversary of freedom in the Netherlands. This group, consisting of over 40 Canadian WWII Veterans, counted their youngest traveller at 88 (who was 15 when he was deployed, forging his passport so he could fight) and their oldest at 97.
Read more at https://blog.klm.com/70-years-of-fre...wwii-veterans/
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Old 05-05-15, 17:47
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Default Nice job Netherlands......

I watched the news this morning regarding the Liberation Celebrations in the Netherlands, thanking Canadian Vets. Extremely moving and touching. One poor vet in a wheel chair couldn't stop crying as he was pushed along and another one I thought was going to leap from the vehicle he was in...he was so over whelmed.
Nice job people...nice job. Robert
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Old 05-05-15, 21:13
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Agreed. Simply respectful. And if that old boy dies while being kissed by a young lady, his death certificate will truthfully attest, 'Died from momentary redirection of blood flow from the brain.'
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Old 07-05-15, 06:02
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Default 70th Liberation remebrance events: Carrier spotting

During Dutch National televised coverage on one portion of the 70th Liberation remebrance events, this one in Wageningen on May 5th, 2015, there is an opportunity to see what is possible when there is heartfelt will to recognize and remember significant historical events. About minute 1hr:33min a young lady drives a Dingo along the parade route towards the reviewing stand. She is following a MK-II* Universal Carrier, which is towing a 6 pdr AT gun.

The carrier driver is an MLU member, the Dingo driver is one of his family members. While there is a unplanned stop in the parade, the carrier is in front of the reviewing stand. Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, and her husband, Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, walk from the reviewing stand along with the Canadian Minister of National Defence, Mr. Jason Kenney. They approach the carrier and spend minutes speaking with the driver and Canadian guest passengers.

Good job Marc and Pauline.


See link: http://www.npo.nl/nos-70-jaar-bevrij...t0505Veteranen

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Old 08-05-15, 19:07
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Old 09-05-15, 22:51
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Default Street Parade Canadian Veterans: Apeldoorn, 9 May

Another Carrier spotted at the Street Parade in Apeldoorn today.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2666838277/

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Old 10-05-15, 04:25
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Recorded the parade and have been watching tonight. Wish I could be there, looks great. Cheers Brian
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Old 10-05-15, 23:43
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I had the honour of participating in the Street Parade for Canadian Veterans in Apeldoorn on 9 May 2015. My friend and MLU member Jakob brought over his two 3-tonners, an F60L and an C60L. I helped with loading and unloading the veterans, giving me the opportunity to talk to some of the soldiers who liberated our country.

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Old 10-05-15, 23:54
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It was a memorable experience, for both the veterans as well as the public lining the streets in great numbers. The history of WW2 is very much alive in The Netherlands!

Watch this short clip to hear the enthusiastic crowd: https://youtu.be/teGjsP1x8mo

The people were handing the veterans flowers, cards, drinks, letters, etc. They were not there to have a look at the parade, they were really there to say "Thank You!". It did not went unnoticed by the veterans, many of them never having been back before during the past 70 years. Even those who had been in parades like this before were impressed and would not have wanted to miss it for the world.

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A little bit of old local Winnipeg history you might find interesting, tied to this theme.

Back in the 1950's every Spring, when I was a child, the family used to make a point of visiting the Hudson's Bay Company store on Portage Avenue in downtown Winnipeg, where for one week, the entire Main Floor sales area was decorated with 10's of thousands of fresh cut spring flowers. Tulips, Daffodills, Hyacinthe, you name it. They were everywhere and topped up/changed daily as needed. It was a positively fantastic riot of colours and fragrances and by the end of the week the perfume filled the entire store top to bottom.

This was back in the day pre A/C, when all the elevators were staffed with operators dressed immaculately in crisp uniforms, wearing gloves and the inner door of the elevator was polished brass cagework. Each floor the operator used to call out what was to be found on that floor and there was a little fold down stool on the side wall near the operator's controls they could sit on as needed.

On one of the upper floors there was a grand dining room called the Georgian Room and for the week in question, there were a pair of tables set up either side the main entrance staffed by two girls on each side in traditional Dutch costume. The tables were filled with free biscuits, which I recall were 'huge' to a small child, rectangular shaped, thick and tasted delightfully of ginger. Looked like they were pressed from a mold as they all seemed identical and I think may have had a windmill motif, or something 'Dutch' on them. Always used to ask for two, one to eat in the store and one to take home for later.

I recall my parents and Grandparents saying the whole week of flowers and snacks was a thank you from Holland, for their liberation. Totally over my head back then. I just loved the outing and the snacks.

Thought I'd share.


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Old 11-05-15, 00:17
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Thanks David! Great to hear the bond between Holland and Canada is a long-lasting one.

The biscuits must have been speculaas.

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Spot on with the biscuits, Hanno. I can close my eyes and almost smell them!


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