Friendship Bergen op Zoom and Edmonton
On 29 July 2013 activities took place related to entering into a bond of friendship between the cities Bergen op Zoom and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.
This special event has its’ origin in the liberation of Bergen op Zoom in October 1944 by troops of the Canadian Army. One of the regiments that had a leading role in the liberation of Bergen op Zoom was the South Alberta Regiment. The traditions of this Regiment are continued by the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment based in Edmonton.
On the initiative of the municipality of Edmonton people have been working towards a formal consolidation of the good relationship between the two cities. For this reason Bergen op Zoom and Edmonton closed a statement of friendship.
The city of Edmonton was represented this day by the Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada, the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Mr A. Watts. The city of Bergen op Zoom was represented by its’ Mayor Mr D. de Cloe.
The activities took place on the Canada Lane in Bergen op Zoom. The whole lane was filled with Canadian flags on the houses. Tents were set up for lunch, which was well organized by the residents of the Canada Lane. A wreath was laid on behalf of the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment and the current South Alberta Regiment. During and after lunch there was an atmospheric get-together.
RCL Branch 005 had received an invitation for this meeting and present during the activities were: Philip van Leeuwen and partner, Berry and Yvonne Swarthoff and Danny Murphy. There was also a bus with members of the SAR and S Regimental Association.
It was a memorable yet very nice afternoon for everyone.
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