Veterans Affairs Planning a Pilgrimage to the Netherlands 2020 Deadline Extended

Monument at Eede on the Leopold Canal
Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery
The monument commemorating the Battle of Kapelsche Veer.
Publication Date 
10 Oct 2019

The Government of Canada is planning an overseas commemorative program to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. An official Government of Canada delegation will travel overseas from approximately 1 May to 10 May 2020 to attend remembrance ceremonies and events at a number of sites in the Netherlands.

If you are aware of any Royal Canadian Engineer who participated in the Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands campaign who would be interested in joining this delegation, please advise us of their names and the unit in which they served. Nomination forms will be completed later.

When submitting a name, please consider your nominee’s level of comfort and ability to share information with others or make informal presentations about their military service.  Delegates will participate in a full schedule of events and days will be tiring. It should also be noted that the majority of events will be held outdoors. Although a medical team will accompany the delegation, all delegates must be in good health and able to withstand the rigours of traveling overseas. 

Since these veterans are all over the age of 80 and may have a medical condition that requires help with daily living activities, they will need to choose a caregiver to accompany them on the trip. The caregiver will be required to remain with the delegate at all times. Additional details regarding the role of the caregiver will be provided during the nomination process. All traveling and living expenses for the Veteran and the caregiver, both in Canada and overseas, will be covered by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Names of suitable Royal Canadian Engineer veterans should be submitted for consideration to Ken Holmes at: history.heritage@cmea-agmc.ca by 25 Oct 2019.