65th Liberation Day

Today we celebrated Liberation Day in the Netherlands. We joined the celebrations in Wageningen, the liberation city of the Netherlands, with many spectators, Canadian, British and Dutch veterans, and many Canadian students. These students represents Canadian men and woman in service who died for the liberation of the Netherlands in World War II.

The main attraction of the Wageningen festivities, unlike other Dutch liberation cities, is the parade with many veterans and soldiers from Canadian, British, Polish, Dutch, and Belgium armed forces. Joining the parade were also many of the students from Canadian high schools celebrating and commemorating the 65th Liberation.

Throughout the parade there were many highland bagpipes bands from Canada and Great Britain.

And parading soldiers like the Polish soldiers above and Royal Dutch Navy officers below.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma