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The Netherlands Liberated in 1944/1945

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Markelo Frank Graham 30 April 2013


At the same time many people were watching television to the Royal Inauguration of King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima or were busy on the “Vrijmarkt” selling their household articles which were not in use anymore, in Markelo people celebrated their liberation with regard to the end of World War II. Canadian soldiers played a very important role in this. Veterans Frank Graham, Lock Laurie and Bert Reynolds were present and honoured. Both to the people of Markelo as to the veterans themselves it was an impressive event.

In the week prior to this event – to the honour of the liberators – about 50 young people supported by Gert-Jan Oplaat (member of the Canadian Committee Markelo), made a cycle tour which was accomplished on foot by the soldiers in 1945. They started laying a wreath on the sand of Juno Beach in Normandy. The group, participants in the Frank Graham Cycle Liberation Tour, visited several historical places in France and Belgium, then returned to the Netherlands. At the Waal riverside, precisely on the spot where soldiers did in 1945 they crossed the river, accompanied by the 90-year old Frank Graham himself, who made the crossing as well.

The young cyclists have indicated that this homage was the least they were able to do for the liberation of their home ground. They made a statement that the liberation, but above all the liberators, will never be forgotten – Lest we forget – .

RCL Branch 005 took care of the appropriate Colour Party, which was obviously admired and looked upon. In the center of Markelo several wreaths were laid and the President of RCL Branch 005 made a solemn speech.

Looking back to this successful event there are again thoughts renewed about remembrance and memorial in the minds of the persons present.

Please take a look at the atmospheric picture of this event in the archive of RCL Branch 005. Photo album