OTTAWA, May 5, 2014 /CNW/ - On the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands, the Honourable Julian
Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement:
"We are proud to mark this historic feat, when a country was liberated,
and the final steps made to end tyranny across Europe.
"The anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands is an occasion to
celebrate Canada's military history, but it is a solemn one as well, as
more than 7,600 Canadians gave their lives, striving toward freedom for
the Dutch people.
"As a result, a meaningful bond was formed between our two nations, and
it remains strong to this day, recognized symbolically by the tulips
that bloom in Ottawa each spring.
"In the months following D-Day, and nearing the end of the Second World
War, the Netherlands was one of the remaining countries that German
forces had retained as a stronghold and key supply line. Many lives
were sacrificed during the efforts to liberate the Dutch, but thanks in
large part to Canadians, it was ultimately a success and led to the
surrender of German forces.
"The valour demonstrated by those Canadians in uniform, and their
commitment to the universal values of peace and equality, is a vital
part of our country's enduring character."
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada