Canadian War Cemetery, Holten
July 25, 2016
The Canadian War Cemetery in Holten forms a kind of enclave in The Netherlands. The municipality of Holten granted this piece of land to Canada, to bury about 1400 Canadian people that fell in the Second World War. The Dutch are always very thankful for what the Canadian liberators did for us. Even 70 years later. And it probably will remain so forever.
The Canadian War Cemetery is surrounded by woods, and is a well kept park with lots of green and flowers.
It's remarkably that this graveyard does not have a somber and sinister atmosphere. It gives the visitor a serene and peaceful feeling.
There are around 80.000 visitors yearly, among them a lot of Canadians. Through the year there are various remembrances and special events. The biggest of course on May 4th (when we remember the death), there are 4000 people invited to be there.
A few days later all signs of the rememberance are still present.
Many Canadians come to visit a grave, and sometimes they leave an object on or next to the headstone.
It's often very impressive and emotional. Even small children are quiet when their parents tell them the story behind all these graves.
The Canadian War Cemetery in Holten is one of the smaller cemeteries, but surely worth a visit if you are in the region. It reminds you how hard it sometimes can be to live in freedom.