On May 5, 1945 the German Armed Forces agreed to surrender to the Canadian Armed Forces in Wageningen. A huge parade takes place in this city every May 5. This year the Kincardine Scottish were invited to participate. Other events of the day included a ceremony in Almelo and another parade in Zutphen, a beautiful historic town.
The Kincardine Scottish attended the ceremony at the Canadian War Cemetery on May 4, 2015. We were honoured to play as guests entered the cemetery. In addition, we placed markers at the grave sites of Bruce men killed in action. Later in the day, we played for the citizens of Almelo at their cenotaph. We have been warmly welcomed everywhere we visit.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band attended a ceremony to honour men killed in action and buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands. Portions of the ceremony were on national television in both the Netherland and Canada. Among those attending were Laureen Harper and Major General Richard Rohmer. The sacrifices made by Canadians to liberate the people of the Netherlands formed an enduring relationship between Canada and the Netherlands.
Members of the Band and the Kincardine Legion Colour Guard were honoured to recognize 21 men from Bruce County who were laid to rest at this cememtery. Some images of the day’s events are below.
The KSPB has arrived in Almelo, Netrherlands to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Liberation. Some of the events will be shown live on TV. See the following link:
The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band has been invited by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in the Netherlands to participate in the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation. We anticipate that the band’s participation will greatly enhance the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of liberation. It will increase awareness in Kincardine of the important of Canada’s participation in the Liberation in 1944 and 1945. We are excited about this trip from May 1 to 10, where we will be performing in parades and for local groups.
We will also participate in memorial services at two Canadian War Cemeteries in Holten and Groesbeek. In anticipation of our visits to these cemeteries, we have endeavoured to put together a list of Bruce County men who were killed action in the Netherlands. We anticipate honouring these men at their grave sites.
It is very likely that some of these men are known and perhaps related to people still living in Kincardine. If so, we would like to hear from you. Below is a list of some 30 men who are known to be buried at these two cemeteries. Please let us know by email if you would like something special done as a way of honouring their sacrifices. Send any correspondence to: John McManus
|Ashkewe, Benjamin Roy||Cape Croker Reserve||link|
|Blake, Graham Scott||Hanover||link|
|Boltz, Wilbert George||Chesley||link|
|Brubaker, Roscoe Donald||Hanover||link|
|Buhlman, Albert Joseph||Carrick Township||link|
|Chambers, James Alexander||Amabel Township||link|
|Collins, Maurice Willis||Arran Township/Dobbinton||link|
|Crozier, David MacLeod||Walkerton||link|
|Currie, John James||Southampton||link|
|Elliott, Joseph A.||Huron Township||link|
|Filsinger, Reuben George Frederick||Carrick Township||link|
|Finlayson, Roderick A.||Huron Township||link|
|Jones, Howard Arnold||Cape Croker Reserve||link|
|Koenig, Laverne Frederick||Carrick Township/Mildmay||link|
|Lancaster, John Berkeley||Hanover||link|
|Masterson, Albert Sidney||St. Edmunds Township/Tobermory||link|
|McGarvey, David Earl||Wiarton||link|
|McMaster, William Watson||Wiarton||link|
|Montgomery, Robert James||Huron Township||link|
|Myers, William John||Carrick Township/Mildmay||link|
|Obright, Vernon Patrick||Walkerton||link|
|Pollock, Lorne John||Huron Township/Ripley||link|
|Pyke, Bertram Isaac||Lindsay Township||link|
|Steffler, Alphonse Anthony John||Carrick Township/Mildmay||link|
|Steffler, James Harold||Greenock Township/Cargill||link|
|Thompson, Leslie||Elderslie Township||link|
|Watson, John Henry||Albermarle Township/Wiarton||link|
|Willick, James Joseph||Chippawa||link|
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