Prepared by James Stoness with
the Bronze Plaque Tour in Enschede
Today, the veterans of the South Alberta Armoured Regiment (SAR) visited the Holten Canadian War Cemetery where Sgt. Tom Milner, accompanied by his daughter, Sandra Milner, and his great-grandson, eleven year old Robin Graham, placed a wreath beneath the Cross of Sacrifice.
In this beautiful setting, surrounded by trees and carefully tended gardens of heather, flowers, and shrubs, are buried the 1355 Canadian soldiers who died in the last months of the war. Here lie seventeen members of the SARs, including SAR Trooper V.L.Carpenter, who was killed just a few hours before the signing of the cease- fire.
The tour continued up a hill, heavily cloaked in trees. During the war, the Germans had V1 and V2 missile sites here. During lunch the SARs thanked Albert Hartkamp. Mr. Hartkamp, a member of the National Committee "Thank You Canada", was with the SAR tour throughout Holland. His historical knowledge and organization of special events were greatly appreciated and helped make the tour a success.