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Dutch National Liberation Day, the 5th of May 1995, the memorial was officially
unveiled. Every five years, the Canadian and Dutch governments sponsor
a number of commemorations organised by local authorities and interest
groups. The 50th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands was especially
well organised. A total of some 140 Canadian veterans (including a number
of young boys and girls representing the Canadian youth) embarked on an
exhaustive 9-day trip to the Netherlands. The programme included ceremonies
and wreath laying at various War Cemeteries, liberation parades, museum
visits, etc. The interest in veterans attending the various commemorative
festivities was so large that the group had to be split up in several smaller
ones to accommodate all interests.
40 to 50 veterans were present at Mill. They were welcomed at the municipality
house after which they marched, accompanied by a band, to the memorial
at the Langenboomseweg. Speeches were held by the Mill's Mayor, Mr. Daandels,
the chairman of Myllesheem, Ms. Moors and the Canadian attache, Mr. Nicholson.
Art Bell, the only veteran of the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment
present, unveiled a plaque commemorating the efforts of the Regiment.
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