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Remembrance Groesbeek Cemetery

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Remembrance Groesbeek Cemetery

Interviewer: Today we stand at the Groesbeek Cemetery and behind us lay many Canadian soldiers who fought for the liberation of the Netherlands and as a Dutch person who was born after the war, can you tell us what it feels and what it’s like to be here. Simon Beldeering: Well it’s certainly a little cool weather but I get goose bumps every time I see this and being of Dutch descent but also having a history of being in the Canadian military for ten years as a captain then, you know, it’s a double, it’s a double whammy here. One, losing so many young Canadians and, secondly, just a feeling of thanksgiving I feel as a Dutch Canadian of what the Canadian soldiers did to liberate this country in May of 1945. Just tremendous. Geoff Carrow: Well my experience with Ruby is that just, I’ve just been really impressed by her capacity to understand. A lot of people have told me, you know, they thought that she’d be too young to get it or that the concepts would be too big. But really they’re not. Children understand far more than we can imagine I think and I think that at this age they, it makes such an impression on them. I think it’s so important. This is a perfect age for them to be reaching out to those who are, you know, are now in their nineties and getting a connection now while they can. .Interviewer: What will you tell your friends at school? Ruby Marie Carron: And I also think that it’s important for them to think about the Veterans who fought in the war .Interviewer: Why did you think that was such a special thing to do? Ruby Marie Carron: Because they, because people who fought in the war helped save the Jewish people and they helped save us from the Germans.

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May 3, 2015

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