Sunday 4th December many people gathered together at Beechwood Military Cemetery in Ottawa to attend the annual ‘Wreaths across Canada’ (WAC) ceremony.
The organisation of ´Wreaths across Canada’ intends to place (shortly before Christmas) a wreath on each of the graves of every fallen Canadian soldier in WWI or WWII.
Also the graves of fallen soldiers in more recent conflicts are covered with a wreath. In the Netherlands a similar event takes place at the war cemetery in Holten where every year on 24th December school children light a candle at every grave of a fallen Canadian soldier.
The Defence Attaché of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Lieutenant –Colonel Christa Oppers-Beumer laid a wreath on the grave of Albert Beverdam who is buried at Beechwood amongst his Canadian WW II comrades. She also laid a wreath at the memorial site where the names of around 20 Dutchmen (who mostly died during pilot training in WWII in Canada) are written on a Remembrance stone. It was a solemn and heartwarming ceremony with the involvement of many young navy, army and air cadets. ‘Lest we forget…. ‘