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

Important Notice:

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.

Learn more about Canada’s involvement in the Liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War and our plans to commemorate this military milestone.

History

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.


Media information

Interview requests

Media members interested in speaking with a Veteran from the Liberation of the Netherlands or the Victory in Europe should contact Media Relations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What has the Government of Canada planned to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands?

A1. A Government of Canada delegation was scheduled to travel overseas to participate in ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands from 1-10 May 2020.

In line with advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from various health and safety authorities, the Government of Canada has decided to postpone this trip and the commemorative ceremonies which were planned around it for the time being as these events would have resulted in the gathering of large groups. 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.

Q2. How can I commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and the end of the Second World War in Europe?

A2. There are various ways you can show that #CanadaRemembers the Liberation of the Netherlands, the Victory in Europe and all of Canada’s efforts during the Second World War. We continue to recognize the courage and sacrifices of our Veterans and this milestone by telling their stories through our Faces of Freedom. We encourage you to explore those stories.

Heroes Remember interviews are also available on our website. These online resources share the stories of various Veterans, including some who participated in the Liberation of the Netherlands. There are also a number of educational resources available on our webpage, and a list of ways for people to actively remember those who served.

Act as an ambassador of remembrance by sharing your thoughts, photos and memories through social media with the hashtag #Netherlands75. Please continue to share the powerful message that #CanadaRemembers during this commemorative period.


Official Commemorative Poster

On 5 March 2020, we unveiled the official poster commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and V-E Day.

This special commemorative poster features Sergeant (Retd) Norman Kirby, a Veteran of the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment. He and his platoon helped liberate many towns in the Netherlands in the closing weeks of the fighting in Northwest Europe before V-E Day was declared on 8 May 1945. In the background of the poster is an historical photo showing happy citizens of the Dutch town of Zwolle welcoming Canadian soldiers after being freed in April 1945.

Official Commemorative Poster

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