The 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and V-E Day

Spr. M.G. Ougler, Second Battalion Canadian Engineers, putting the finishing touches to one of the two new bridges built by the Canadian Engineers. 28 May 1945 / Zutphen, Netherlands. Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada /PA-135997
Publication Date 
26 Apr 2020

Beginning in the fall of 1944 through the spring of 1945, close to 175,000 Canadians took part in the campaign to liberate the Netherlands. More than 7,600 made the ultimate sacrifice.

Learn more about Canada’s involvement in the Liberation of the Netherlands.

The well-being of Veterans and staff is of utmost importance. In line with advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from various health and safety authorities, the Government of Canada will not be sending a delegation overseas and will not be hosting commemorative ceremonies in the Netherlands as planned. When the situation with COVID-19 is resolved and the associated risks are greatly diminished, Veterans Affairs Canada will work with partners in the Netherlands and in Canada to organize commemorative activities, including a delegation with Second World War Veterans to the Netherlands.

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