Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

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A few weekends ago, Michiel, his mom and I went to Nijmegen to visit his grandma. On our way back, we stopped at a Canadian War Cemetery.  Many of the 2,338 soldiers buried here died in Germany in the Rhineland battles.

A General in WWII ordered that none of the Canadian dead should be buried on German soil, so the soldiers’ remains were brought to the Netherlands. The Groesbeek cemetery is unique because it represents one of the few instances where bodies were moved across international borders. Today, thousands of Dutch children tend the graves of the soldiers buried here.

It was very moving to see all the white headstones lined up in rows, and also sad to walk through and read how old the soldiers were when they died — a lot were in their early twenties. The grounds of the cemetery are immaculately kept, and it was touching to see the amount of honour, respect and remembrance given to the fallen Canadian soldiers.

Here are a few photos I took:

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3 Responses to Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

  1. Barb says:

    I have to say I was moved just looking at the pictures, never mind being there in person. So nice to see how well looked after it is. Thanks for blogging about it.

  2. Dad says:

    Thanks for sharing this….

  3. Alison Winters says:

    Hello Kristen and Michiel,
    This is Alison Winters (Julia’s mom and the new but proud mother-in-law of Ian) from Vancouver, BC. Barb told me about this blog. Just finished reading all your blogs and looking all your pictures. Thank you for sharing and posting. What a wonderful time you had! It looks amazing! I have penciled down Amsterdam. I hope we will visit this gorgeous city one day even though I will look like a midget wandering in the streets. I will continue to check out your blog from time to time.
    Kristen–Thank you for posting a comment on the photographer’s Website. Much appreciated.

    warmest personal regards from Vancouver.

    Alison Winters

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