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Mayor's Visit to Netherlands Military Tattoo & War Cemetery

Sep 28, 2015

In the northeastern part of the Netherlands, approximately 50 kilometres west of the German border, sits the small village of Holten. With a population just under 9000 people, it's difficult to imagine any significant Canadian connection. 

Still, Mayor Lois E. Jackson and the Delta Police Pipe band humbly made a journey to the small tourist town to pay their respects to the symbol and stoic reminder embedded in its forested landscape. This small patch of sovereign, Canadian land holds the Holten Canadian War Cemetery, an area secured by the Canadian Government to provide close to 1700 fallen Canadian soldiers the opportunity to be buried on Canadian soil.  

There, the band, accompanied by Mayor Lois E. Jackson, laid a Corporation of Delta wreath and observed a moving ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands, which proved to be especially powerful for some of our Police Pipe Band members: 

It was a fitting, emotional cap to a week of celebration that saw the Delta Police Pipe Band perform at the Netherlands Military Tattoo in Rotterdam. Featuring daily performances, the Military Tattoo paraded over 800 members from USA, Poland, Great Britain, and Canada, with the Delta Police Pipe Band as the sole Canadian representative. 

Watch the Delta Police Pipe Band's performance at the Netherlands Military Tattoo below.

The Netherlands Military Tattoo was held in Rotterdam from September 24 through September 27. 

Photo credits: Math Willems (