Since the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian and Allied forces during the Second World War, the special relationship between the Dutch people and Canadians has grown stronger and stronger. Shared values, shared goals, and – in the case of many Canadians – a shared heritage!
Dutch-Canadians, and Canadian-Dutch have many reasons to be proud, and now more than ever it’s important to recognize and celebrate the bond between our two countries. Today, there are over one million people of dutch descent living in Canada, and over 7000 Canadian-Dutch in The Netherlands.
Canadian veteran Pat Reidy once said, “I think the greatest love story of World War Two was the relationship between the Dutch people and the Canadian soldiers, now veterans. It has endured. It has never ended.”
Since its liberation, The Netherlands has continued to thrive and has been consistently ranked one of the top 10 countries to live in, boasting one of the best economies and healthcare systems in the world. The Netherlands has a growing future and is now the second-largest exporter of agro-food products and greenhouse technology that can be found all over Canada. The dividends of this decades-spanning friendship have been favourable for everyone.
Beginning May 5th Dutch Heritage Day and through Ontario’s Dutch Heritage Month of May we will encourage Dutch-Canadians to share their stories and special celebrations with us on Facebook and Twitter. Share your heritage, share your freedom.
Veterans Affairs Canada’s mandate is to support the well-being of Veterans and their families, and to promote recognition and remembrance of the achievements and sacrifices of those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace.