Those of us who were born in Canada are aware of the bond that has existed between the Netherlands and Canada since 1945. We have heard about it and read about it and perhaps in a way we might understand what it is and what it means. However, until one actually goes to the Netherlands on May 4/5th of any year, experiences what the Dutch feel and how they express themselves no one will ever fully understand. It is an unusual and unique bond between two countries.

Sid Brunisma and myself (Jim Rutledge) had the privilege of attending some of the ceremonies held throughout Holland in May of 2015.  In these pages, we would like to share some of the things we learned and experienced on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Dutch Liberation by the Canadian First Army.