Saturday, April 30
The afternoon tour took us to the Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery for a service at the Cross of Sacrifice. This massive cemetery has 968 Canadian graves, mostly from the soldiers fighting the Battle of the Scheldt north of Antwerp. It's always a treat when visiting the war cemeteries to see how neat they are kept.
Following the service there was a pleasant drive to Kapelsche Veer to visit the SAR bronze plaque, where the Divisional Commander's orders led to a wasteful loss of lives.
Following that we went to the hotel for a magnificent feast provided by Mayor D. DeCloe and councillors of the municipality of Bergen op Zoom. Many gifts were exchanged amidst much laughter and applause. Major McLeod calls it the 'biggest blowout of the trip'.
Sunday, May 1
The tour today started with a study of Operation Market Garden which was a pencil like thrust by the Allies. Much of this was a disaster.
At first the bus stopped in Cadalaan Straat -Canada Street - in Bergen Op Zoom, to partake of coffee, tea and biscuits supplied by the locals who are proud that the Canadians entered by way of their street and are always on hand to meet the Veterans.
The Veteran's tour took us to Endhoven (Sonbridges), Grave, and Nijmegen. There was a stop at the Liberation Museum before going to the Groesbeek Cemetery to lay a wreath.