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: