VEDay75

Welcome to VEDay75: From Normandy to the Netherlands

Canada’s National Digital Commemoration for the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands & Canada’s Victory Campaign – in honour of the intrepid Canadian forces who liberated the Netherlands on May 8th 1945 and the determined battles they found en route to Victory.

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"Crowd welcoming The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders to Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 16 April 1945." Photo: Donald Grant. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, 1967-052 NPC.

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Faces to Graves

Learn how one teacher partnered with Dutch organization Faces to Graves to prepare soldier biographies for Canadians buried in the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery.

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Donald “Don” White

Don White was eager to join the war effort, signing up first thing in the morning on his 18th birthday. He was assigned to the Royal Canadian Dragoons and landed in Italy in 1944 before moving with his regiment to liberate the Netherlands.

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Charles Byce

Charles is one of Canada’s most distinguished Indigenous soldiers of the Second World War. The son of a First World War hero and a woman of the Cree First Nations, Charles earned a Military Medal (MM) in January 1945 and a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) in March 1945.