01 May Dutch Heritage Month
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- Toronto / Ontario, Canada
Public activities on the occassion of Dutch Heritage Month that will take place across Ontario in the month of May, commemorating liberty and the bond between The Netherlands and Canada. More activities will be added closer to date.
Ontario is home to more than 500,000 Dutch Canadians. In 2011, the Province of Ontario proclaimed the month of May as Dutch Heritage Month in recognition of the important contributions that Dutch Canadians have made to the economic, political, social and cultural fabric of Ontario’s society since the early 1800's.
May is a historically significant month for the Dutch Canadian community. On May 5, 1945, the Canadian forces were instrumental in the liberation of the Netherlands from occupation during World War II. The Netherlands celebrates its independence and liberty, along with the heroic efforts of the Canadian forces, with a national holiday known as Liberation Day, which takes place annually on May 5.
Below you will read about some of the public activities on the occassion of Dutch Heritage Month that will take place across Ontario in the month of May. More activities will be added closer to date.
May 2: Flag raising ceremony Queen's Park, Toronto
The Dutch Heritage Month will kick off with the annual Flag raising ceremony in Queen's Park in Toronto on May 2, starting at noon. The event is open to the public and will be hosted by the Consul-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Anne Le Guellec.
Queen's Park, 111 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON, Canada
May 4: Canada Netherlands Friendship Day, Burlington
The deep friendship forged during WWII is fondly remembered each year in Burlington, Ontario, during Canada Netherlands Friendship Day.
The annual evenet celebrates the liberation of the Netherlands in May 1945 by Canadian soldiers, the contributions by the Dutch-Canadian community in Burlington, and the 14th anniversary of twinning with the City of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
Activities include a performance of the Alexander's Public School Band, honouring of veterans, and the Dutch flag raising with the Consul-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Anne Le Guellec.
Activities start at 11 am at Burlington City Hall's Civic Square.