In 2005, the Georgetown Children's Chorus was in Holland, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland. The first day, we were in a military parade in Nijkerk, sitting in the back of military vehicles while the crowds in the street yelled “Thank you Canada!” Older Dutch people came up to us, held our hands and expressed thanks. We cried.

In 2005, the Georgetown Children's Chorus was in Holland, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland. The first day, we were in a military parade in Nijkerk, sitting in the back of military vehicles while the crowds in the street yelled “Thank you Canada!” Older Dutch people came up to us, held our hands and expressed thanks. We cried.

We sang at Holten Cemetery, where 1,400 Canadians are buried. Helicopters rained poppies from the sky, as we all struggled to keep our composure. It was raining and a young choir member ran over to a Veteran, giving him her umbrella. How sweet! Our youngest members, age 9, presented a wreath at the same time as Victoria Cross recipient Smokey Smith. It was fitting to see their young faces alongside a seasoned Veteran.  Back home, relatives watched it all via the CBC television coverage of the event.

We marched in the Appeldoorn parade and sang for the Dutch Royal Family and Governor General Adrianne Clarkson. We stopped in front of them to sing O Canada and the crowd went wild. Afterwards, we sang for hundreds of Veterans on the streets and in restaurants.  It was an amazing trip for 50 young people and their parents, who were ever so proud to be Canadian.

The Georgetown Children's Chorus is taking 100 singers (plus 50 parents) to France and Belgium in Spring 2017 to sing at Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, Juno Beach, Compiegne Forest, Beaumont-Hamel and the Menin Gate. The trip is open to alumni and will honour the 100th anniversary of Vimy, the 150th anniversary of Canada and the 25th anniversary of the choir. We will always remember.