OTTAWA, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, issued the following
statement today regarding the 68th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.
"The struggle to liberate the Netherlands was an important chapter in
the events leading to victory in Europe and the end of the Second World
War. Canada's vital contributions helped lay the foundation for a
strong relationship between our two countries that we continue to enjoy
"Many Canadians serving overseas during the Second World War played a
role in the Liberation of the Netherlands. Over nine long and grueling
months, more than 7,600 Canadians gave their lives to help bring
freedom and peace to this country.
"In honour of their gift of freedom, the Dutch people have donated tulip
bulbs to Canada annually since the end of the Second World War. In
Ottawa, we see this symbol of our enduring connection as the tulips
bloom each spring.
"Even though the cost of lives was heavy and the sacrifice great,
Canadians take pride in the role they played as liberators. We
remember, with everlasting gratitude, the contributions of all who
served and those who made the supreme sacrifice. Lest we forget."
For more information on Canada's contribution to the Liberation of the
Netherlands, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website at veterans.gc.ca.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the
heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom,
democracy and the rule of law. For more information on Canada's role in
the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca, visit our Facebook "Canada Remembers" page to leave a message of
remembrance or follow us on Twitter @VeteransENG_CA.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs