Early this morning 25 Dutch officers, teaching staff at the Royal Dutch Military Academy (De Nederlandse Defensie Academie, Onderwerp) doing historical training here in Normandy, discovered the remains of the Atlantic Wall found on Juno Beach and visited the Centre.
The connection between the Maple Leaves and Tulips is still very much alive, dating back to the Royal Dutch family in exile in Ottawa during the Second World to the Liberation of the Netherlands by First Canadian Army during the Winter of 1944-1945, as well as the waves of Dutch immigrants in the decades following the war.
Nearly every soldier who visited today has served side by side with Canadians in Bosnia or Afghanistan. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands and Victory in Europe, our two countries are linked and will continue to be for decades to come.
Dutch brothers in arms and friends, you’re always welcome on Juno Beach!
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