On to the Netherlands and the celebrations!
Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
12Trip End May 08, 2010
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Once we entered the Netherlands the mood turned much more sombre as we prepared for the first of many ceremonies of rememberance over the next few days. Today was the offical "kickoff" ceremony at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, the largest Canadian cemetery in the region. Hosted by the Canadian goernment and attended by the Dutch royal family, including Queen Beatrix, our students were quite lucky to be invited to this ceremony as only three busses were there representing our tour. The ceremony, in the early afternoon, was very moving. This ceremony was also attended by many Canadian veterans, and our group had the chance to meet many and chat with thema bout their experiences in war
Following our dinner in the town of Groesbeek, the group make our way to the hotel near Apeldoorn. I must say, this is quite a hotel. Think of the layout as a "chalet" style, with a central main building, another building each for the restaurant, indoor pool and sauna. The students' rooms are located in multiple small chalet-style houses that are grouped in little pods. The students certainy don't mind the accomodations but some of them need breadcrumbs to find their way back at times. It took all of 15 minutes for half the group to be in the pool after check-in!
Tomorow we are heading to Holten Canadian War Cemetery for the official ceremonies of remembrance. Should be a moving day!
P.S. - This is for Graham: Cara says get over it, I'm here and you're not, deal with it :)