Bergen op Zoom 70 years after World War 2
During the weekend of 25 to October 27, 2014 in many places in the South West of the Netherlands the liberation of the Second World War was commemorated. 70 years later many Canadians, including some veterans, who actually liberated our country, relatives and family members, came to the Netherlands to attend this moment.
RCL Branch 005 had been asked to participate at October 25th and to set up the Canadian Base Camp of Martin vd Poel and his men. The Colour Party of RCL escorted the troops and war vehicles in a march-past from the Canadalaan to the Market Place in the center of Bergen op Zoom. It was a magnificent liberation celebration which attracted many people and of which many reports were stated on TV Brabant and the internet.
Below you will find two video’s (many thanks to: Rinus van Wezel) giving a very good impression of both events. Click on the pictures if you like to see them.
Bergen op Zoom Canadalaan Base Camp
Bergen op Zoom Marktplein Defilé
At October 27 the annual commemoration ceremony took place at the Canadian War Cemetery in Bergen op Zoom. This year many honourable guests were present, for instance the Governor General of Canada Hon. David Johnston, the Canadian Ambassador in the Netherlands Hon. James Lambert, the Canadian Military Attaché Mike Hogan and many others. As there were of the Netherlands His Highness Prince Maurits, the Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Anouchka van Miltenburg, Chair of the Second Chamber of the Senate, as well as the Commissioner of the King and Mayors. The Colour Party of RCL escorted these guest from the entrance of the cemetery to their places. Of course several speeches were given and wreaths laid.
At the end of the ceremony all guests were invited by the Ambassador of Canada to a reception at the center of Bergen op Zoom to exchange the experience of this day. During the reception October 27 was pointed out to become the commemoration date for all fallen Canadians during the Liberation of the Netherlands.
The members of RCL present were given the honour to attend to a group photo with both the Governor General as well as Prince Maurits, an honourable ending of an impressive day.
Of course there are many more pictures available of these two days, If you are interested, please take a look––(link photo album)