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
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Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada