Beginning of a new Era
By this motto the liberation of Groesbeek 70 years ago on February 10, 1945 was commemorated on 8 February. This liberation took place during Operation Veritable. In the Protestant church of Groesbeek several speeches were held. In particular, the reflections of Mrs. Anni van Baal and Mr. Paul Thissen were impressive. Mrs. Van Baal, German, lived in the border area between the Netherlands and Germany during the war. Impressive was how she told how it was daily life in the area and how that changed by the war. Suddenly there was a border, which you could not pass, for example, to go to the doctor. Many things changed and people have lost sight of each other. But after the war a new era began, where they found each other again and resumed living together.
During the ceremony songs were sung in a very respectful and impressively way by the Cäcilienchor of St John Baptist Church in Wyler.
Afterwards there was a modest lunch, after which all invitees went to the Canadian war cemetery in Groesbeek.
A memorial service was held. All fallen Canadians were commemorated by specifically mentioning and honouring three deceased soldiers. Several wreaths were laid by representatives of the Canadian Army from Geilenkirchen (Germany), the British, the American and the German army. Also the Canadian Embassy in the Netherlands was present, as well as many others. The Colour Party of RCL005 participated in the ceremony. Of this memorial service several movies are available and of course pictures in the album of RCL005. (LINK) Pictures many thanks to Wil Gipman