We have never been any place like this: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery.
The cemetery stands on a hill, one of the highest points in the Netherlands. It overlooks a rolling landscape of forest and farms that were once battlefields. We arrived by bus from Nijmegen after taking the train from Haarlem on a dull and cool autumn day.
It was November 11th, Remembrance Day, a day where Canadians pause for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. for those men and women who died in the name of Canada. We paused in silence for more than that moment at eleven o'clock that morning. It was a poignant moment, both sad and beautiful, that left us speechless.
The cemetery contains 2,610 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 2331 of which are Canadian. Here is some history on why they rest here:
We find notes, perhaps left by visiting friends and family, at some of the graves which reveal a little more of their stories:
Lest we forget.