I almost never, ever agree with anything Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson (right) says or does. I think he’s a pretty poor excuse for a mayor and was a worse Liberal cabinet minister in Dalton McGuinty’s inept and even corrupt Ontario government in 2007-2010.
The Liberation75 project aims to paint Canada orange in 2020, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands, largely by soldiers of the 1st Canadian Army, in 1945. This will involve planting 1.1 million bright orange Liberation75 tulip bulbs across Canada this fall so that they will bloom next spring, to coincide with the allied victory in Europe in May. The 1.1 million number represents the number of Canadians, out of a total population of just under 12 million, who served in the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War.
“The planting initiative is being led by the Canadian Tulip Festival, in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Capital Commission, the Royal Canadian Legion and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The Dutch Embassy announced last May at the Canadian Tulip Festival that the Netherlands would be honouring Canada’s role in their country’s liberation by repeating their 1945 tulip bulb gift to Canada, this time with 100,000 Liberation75 bulbs to initiate the Liberation75 program,” the Mayor’s office’s press release says. Well done to all concerned.
Those who know me also know that I served, many years ago, in the Netherlands, in HQ Allied Forces Central Region (AFCENT) and my family and I lived there for three happy years. During that time I represented Canada several times at ceremonial events and I was always impressed with how much the Ditch school-children knew about the liberation and about Canada. My father was killed in action before the great victories; he died when his ship was sunk escorting a convoy of troopships to North Africa when the allies were just getting ready to invade Europe through Sicily and Italy. But I think he knew that we were going to win … I have read a few letters he sent home talking, confidently, about life after the war.
So, BZ to all and let’s paint Canada orange in 2020 to honour and remember all those who helped to defeat tyranny and especially those, and especially those Canadians, who liberated the Netherlands.
You can find information about how to join in here.