Today (May 5) marks a milestone year recognized in Canada as it’s considered to be one of the country’s most notable contributions during the Second World War.
It’s the 75th anniversary of Holland’s liberation from Nazi-Germany and Prince George has recognized the special day by raising the Netherlands’ flag outside city hall.
Canadian forces aided the Dutch in pushing the Nazis out of Holland on May 5, 1945.
Mayor Lyn Hall said this would be a possibility during last year’s local Tulip Commemoration ceremony to honour the lives lost in the war and celebrate the contributions the Dutch community has made to both the city and country.
For the last several years, the Dutch-Canadian Tulip Commemoration Society has hosted a ceremony to mark the occasion in Prince George by the cenotaph at city hall.
However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the gathering is not taking place this year, as per Organizer Dick Voneugen, to meet with physical-distancing measures.
He tells PrinceGeorgeMatters that about 600 tulips are in the midst of blooming by the cenotaph right now to celebrate the liberation.