About 75 Years of Freedom

Canadians helped liberate the Netherlands 75 years ago. In both the Netherlands and in Canada, we pause to reflect on how our allies, including many Canadians, made the ultimate sacrifices to liberate us from Nazi occupation. We express our eternal gratitude and celebrate the fact that, since 1945, we have been living again in freedom. 

Letters and symbol of torch
Image: 4 en 5 mei

The Netherlands was liberated in May 1945 by the Allied forces and the Canadians played a decisive role in the liberation. We will never forget that more than 7,500 Canadians gave their lives in the effort to free our country, and we will be forever grateful.

Man, two women and three children
Image: NIMH

Tulip: symbol of Dutch-Canadian friendship

During the Second World War, the Dutch Royal Family found a safe haven in Canada. During this time Princess Margriet was born in 1943. As an expression of gratitude for Canada’s hospitality, the Dutch Royal Family presented Canada with a gift of 100,000 tulips at the end of the Second World War.

Two tulips

In honour of this special anniversary, the Kingdom of the Netherlands has repeated this 1945 post-war gift from the Dutch Royal Family of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada. Some 1,100 schools across Canada each receive 75 of the Liberation75 tulip bulbs, along with an education guide which highlights the significance of Canada's role in liberating the Netherlands and providing our Royal Family with a safe haven. We realize that we all share the responsibility of passing on that freedom to future generations.