Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. Approaching the conclusion of the Second World War, the Netherlands were one of the remaining countries German forces continued to retain as a stronghold.
Due to the valiant efforts of many serving Canadians, German forces ultimately surrendered. This triumph led to the liberation of a country and ended tyranny across Europe, but it is a solemn one, with more than 7,600 Canadians giving their lives.
Lest we forget the courageous Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom and the liberation of the Dutch.