November: A time for remembrance - w(ar)t

November 25, 2020

During the month of November, I also remember and give thanks to everyone currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.  Today's blog pays tribute to the Royal Canadian Army by profiling a historical oriented statue near to my home that is full of symbolism - the man with two hats.   

Sculpted by Dutch artist Henk Visch, this copper statue is a mirror copy to one also found in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.   Canada played a major offensive role in liberating the Netherlands during WWII, and 506 Canadians from the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade died taking the city of Apeldoorn back from the Germans.  To this day, most Dutch people regard Canadians as the true liberators of the Netherlands, and every year they show us their appreciation with tulip bulbs.   Among a great many other things that I have read about this statue is the story of two friends going to war together while wearing hats, yet only one returned home with the memory of the other.     

November:  A time for remembrance - w(ar)t

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