Nova Scotian Casualties of WWII buried in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands.
Each Christmas Eve the school children from the town of Deventer, in the Netherlands light candles and place them on the graves in the Holten Canadian War Cemetery. 2016 will be the 25th year of this remembrance initiative.As the daylight fades, the entrance gates are open for the arrival of the children, each carrying a lighted candle. Footsteps pass between the grave markers and each child quietly moves throughout the vast cemetery to place a glowing candle before a grave. Before long, the landscape glows in a brilliant golden hue across the ground and reflects upward on the names of the one thousand three hundred and fifty-five Canadians, the thirty-six British, the two Australians, and the one Belgian, men who have rested here for some seventy years. Among these are the gravestone of eighty-two casualties from Nova Scotia.
Photo: Frans van CappellenChristmas Eve 2009, Holten Canadian War Cemetery