Operation DISTINCTION

Update

Due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, the CAF have made the decision to suspend scheduled participation in commemoration activities until further notice.

Operation DISTINCTION supports the Government of Canada’s Commemoration Program. The contingent of more than 200 military members includes:

  • a guard
  • 2 vigil parties
  • 2 bands
  • 1 artillery salute troop
  • 1 flag parties

These activities will complement and enhance Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) selected ceremonies and commemorative events in the Netherlands.

The Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) delegation to the Netherlands includes members who represent CAF elements, branches, and units that took part in the Liberation of the Netherlands. The Department of National Defence and the CAF will highlight the stories of serving personnel who have a personal connection to the Liberation of the Netherlands. This program serves to remind and teach Canadians about the significant sacrifices and achievements made by those who served and who currently serve while preserving their legacy for future generations.

The Liberation of the Netherlands

Canadian Armed Forces members will commemorate the Canadians who served in the Liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II by participating in several events from May 1 to 9, 2020.

Mission context

Support to Government of Canada’s Military History Commemoration Program

Canada remembers the Liberation of the Netherlands that took place 75 years ago. Canadians fought from September 1944 to May 1945 first clearing the Scheldt Estuary, to gain access to the Port of Antwerp for Allied use, then freeing the northern and western Netherlands from the oppression of the Germans, allowing for food and other relief to reach millions of people. These Canadians fought for the rights and freedoms of others, and for that we thank them and honour their sacrifice.

The Canadian Armed Forces’ Operation DISTINCTION supports the Government of Canada’s Commemoration Program. As we honour the legacy of those who have served before us, we recognize a tradition of excellence that is kept alive by today’s Canadian Armed Forces, both domestically and internationally.

Timeline of events

A timeline of events will be provided in the coming weeks.

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