This year Remembrance Day has an added poignancy for many of us shaken by the attacks against Canadian soldiers on Canadian soil. It is with very grateful hearts that we acknowledge the sacrifice of the men and women who have served and are serving in the armed forces.
This year marks 100 years since the beginning of the Great War, and 2015 will be the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. This anniversary offers some interesting opportunities to travel and visit the places where many of our grandfathers sacrificed their youth and innocence to a cause they believed in.
The people of Holland and Canada have a special connection; part of the Dutch Royal Family found safe harbour in Canada during WWII, part of Ottawa Civic Hospital was declared Dutch soil so Princess Magriet could be born “in Holland” and not disrupt line of succesion. Most importantly, Canadian troops were instrumental in the liberation of Holland at the end of the war.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Liberation of Holland, Canadian veterans and their children are invited to participate in the many ceremonies and events marking the occasion in Holland. Verstraete Travel has put together a special offer, with a guided tour leaving May 1st, 2015 from Toronto. See important WWII sites and memorials, with the unique option of a homestay with a Dutch family. There are also options to extend the trip with a visit to Paris and Normandy, Dusseldorf, or a Rhine river cruise. For more information on this exciting iniative, please visit Verstraete Travel.