The Canadian Tulip Festival is proud to present its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on May 18, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Beechwood National Cemetery. Viewers can watch the formal private ceremony on the Festival’s TULIPTV channel.
The ceremony will include a wreath laying to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. The ties that the Festival has to the Netherlands are formidable. The Canadian Tulip Festival was established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians immediately following the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship. The Festival preserves the memorable role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe, as well as commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada. Hence the importance of remembering this historic bond on the Tulip Festival’s Veterans Day – particularly this Anniversary year.
To mark the occasion, the Festival will also acknowledge and celebrate individuals from each of the three branches of the military who have served our country. This is the third year that an Honourary Veteran will be selected from the Army, Navy and Air Force based on candidate submissions made to the Festival. All Canadian armed forces personnel, regardless of when time was/is being served, is eligible to stand as a candidate for submission.
Understandably, these are extraordinary times where many events and activities are being cancelled and postponed to a later date when people can gather together in celebration and commemoration once again. Even though the Canadian Tulip Festival and Beechwood National Cemetery would prefer to have had Veterans, dignitaries and the public attend Veterans Day to properly acknowledge the contributions service men and women have made to our country, it was unanimously agreed that a Festival ceremony – no matter how streamlined – should take place to honour all those who have served. The simplicity of the now-streamed event will only amplify its powerful significance for all of us.
Come and explore 144 years of history and horticulture in the heart of the city. Only 5 KM from Parliament Hill sits the 160 acres of Beechwood Cemetery, The National Cemetery of Canada. Discover over 35 000 tulips planted in countless gardens surrounding the quiet beauty of this Victorian Cemetery. Stroll around the grounds in self-guided or private tour to discover the 85 000 who shaped our country and marked our communities. Come visit and honour the sacrifice of service at the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery, the National Military Cemetery, the CSIS Memorial Cemetery, the Ottawa Police Service Cemetery or explore the uniqueness of one of the many community sections that celebrates our countries diversity. Beechwood Cemetery is open from dawn until dusk and private tours can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-741-9530. All tours are free to the public.