Commemoration Etten 31 March 2015
Many thanks to: Marc van Aken
What started small has grown into one of the most appreciated memorial services in the region. The organisation is in the hands of Toon Helmes, Gerard Poodt, Barry Kock and Marc van Aken, with support of: Foundation for the preservation of the Etten Windmill and Village Committee “Dorpsbelangen Etten”. They organised for the 18th year: “70 years liberation of Etten”.
The commemoration takes place every year on March 31th, that is the day on which the village was liberated by the Canadians of the South Saskatchewan Regiment and the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada.
At this very heavy fighting in the village even by man to man, 5 of them lost their life. The commemoration takes place at a very particular monument which is placed in 2005. Here are these heroes commemorated along with the crew of the crashed Sterling Bomber and the killed villagers from Etten.
The RCL Branch 005 is for many years a very valued guest during this commemoration. This year they were well represented and with a full Colour Party present. They have contributed also to a special commemoration, which after arrival and coffee and sandwiches continued in the beautiful church of Etten. Here a wonderful concert had been organized. With the City of Apeldoorn Pipes and Drums, the Ettens Men’s Choir, the Women’s Choir Con Brio, The Voices, Harmony Onderling Genoegen, Schutterij de Eendracht, Solist Armanda ten Brink was a succession of musical delights……
In the meantime also a number of historical vehicles of that time were prepared in front of the Church.
Special was again the presence of a representative of the Embassy of Canada, for this time it was Sgt. Laurie Dyck, who did the wreath laying on behalf of Canada.
After the official ceremonies we returned to the village in which we could just before a heavy rain shower storage our Colours.
We believe Etten this year again has managed to organize something truly special.