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#1 ramacal

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:02 PM

I found these photos from Christmas Eve 2009. What an incredible act of respect to the fallen of WW2 at that time of year. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:07 PM

I do like that second pic.
Looks lovely.
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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:12 PM

Hi Rob & Owen,

Me to...

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:13 PM

Rob,

Great post. Thanks for sharing.
Our good friend Pieter F told me that every Christmas Eve, the local school children hold a candlelight vigil for the fallen Canadians.
The Dutch remember well the sacrifices paid by Canadian, British, Polish and American troops to liberate their country.

Cheers,
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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:20 PM

Hi Randy,

They sure do I have the pleasure of saying they are some of the Best Friends I have...

Cheers
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#6 ramacal

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:25 PM

Top marks to the Dutch. I wonder why I have such a great affinity to them.;)

From this set on Flikr. There are a few more as there are too many to post.

CWGC Holten Canadian War Cemetery - a set on Flickr
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Posted 21 December 2010 - 10:39 PM

Hi Randy,

They sure do I have the pleasure of saying they are some of the Best Friends I have...

Cheers
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Tom,
Roger that. Great nation and great people.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 11:23 PM

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Lovely to see the pictures, true respect,
especially as two of the lads from the regiment are at rest there.
RIP. Bdr Murphy & Gnr Derrick.
Cheers
Rob

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 12:14 AM

Many Thanks for the photos----very, very moving.


May i wish everybody on here a really Happy Christmas!:)

We're driving to Bruges for Christmas[carefully!] Will call in at Ypres to pay our respects at the Menin Gate on Christmas Morning.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 12:17 AM

Rob,

Phenomenal pictures!!
Every dark cloud has a silver lining. As tough as the fighting was in Holland, Canadian soldiers, living and dead, have been honoured ever since by the Dutch. The level of respect and ongoing affection by those great people is very touching.
I'm sure that the gratitude shown over the past 65 years has been a source of pride to all veterans.
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#11 Pieter F

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:24 AM

A great sight, but above all, it's a great gesture of honor to the fallen. I have spoken about this with Randy before, but I can not remember which topic this was so quickly.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:49 AM

Further Photos from 2005, 2007, 2008 & 2009 can be found here

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:53 PM

YouTube - Kaarsjes Canadese Begraafplaats

A video footage of last year's Christmas Eve.
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#14 ramacal

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 01:12 PM

Thanks Pieter. I've been keeping an eye out for something from last Xmas. Even more impressive when you see film footage and very moving.

Regards - Rob

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 02:59 PM

Pieter

If I may add to Rob's words...a superb video. I am always mindful that the Dutch do not forget the sacrifices paid by Canadian troops.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 03:29 PM

A great tradition of respect and gratitude.
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#17 Pieter F

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 06:17 PM

This other video is even more impressive. Despite the sniffing of the nose on the background. But with that wind and snow, I can imagine it was a bit cold.

YouTube - Kaarsjes in de nacht
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