The Dutch have never forgotten. Each year, they celebrate their liberation and welcome back Canadian soldiers who are treated like heroes.
The 50th anniversary, in 1995, was a particularly memorable moment. At the main event on 7 May, over 1,000 Canadian veterans paraded in Apeldoorn through a cheering crowd estimated at over 150,000 people. It was a moment no one who was there will ever forget.The Dutch memory of their liberation remains strong. They remain grateful to Canada for the freedom they continue to enjoy today. One hopes this will not change in the future, given that time heals and memories can dim.