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Dear guests who were in Friesland in May 2015,
 
With sadness we have taken knowledge of the death of Anton Kulchin, one of ‘our’ Veterans. We feel truly blessed we spent a great time together in Friesland during the 70th Liberation Day. Our sincere condolences to Olga, her mom and her family. If you want to sign the guestbook, see the link below.
 

CNE Warriors’ Day Parade: 90-year-old veteran counts himself nothing special, just lucky

Anton Kulchin is proud to carry the flag for World War II vets. But after seeing so much cruelty, it’s kindness that makes him cry.

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Anton Kulchin, 90, is a Second World War veteran and flagbearer in de CNE Warrior's Day parade on Saturday. He was a foot soldier in the Perth regiment, fifth armoured division. He served in Italy, and also in the liberation of Holland.

After they walked for four days (40 kilometer a day) during the Nijmegen Vierdaagse a group of 11 young soldiers of the Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) visited Leeuwarden. The capital of Friesland who was liberated 71 years ago by the ‘grandfathers’ of this guys. The visite (on Sunday july 24) was organized by Koos Pot, Marco Kalmijn (chairman Canadian Liberator Foundation) and Yme Westra. The hosts were Aukje Mulder, Alet and Piet Prins. They showed them the sunny innercity of Leeuwarden. The group had 'koffie met oranjekoek' at the office of Marco, a citywalk, a great lunch in de Prinsentuin (Koperen Tuin), an interesting boattrip trough the canals (Praamvaarders Leeuwarden) and a tasteful bbq (thanks to Marco and Yme). Captain Nathan S. MacIntosh called it 'an unforgettable day. ,,It was awesome!’’ he said.  Arriva Touring took care of the transport from and to de Harskamp, where the Canadians lived during their stay in Holland. Monday (july 25) the men of the RCD went back home.(Photo's Jan-Sjoerd Geertsma).

De foto's van dit bezoek staan hier.

 

 

  • Robie Hancock (right) with friend Roy Levy, in Italy, 1945.

 

  • Robie Hancock with a Dutch civilian in Stadskanaal, The Netherlands. At this time, Mr. Hancock was part of the Canadian peacekeeping force, stationed right near the German border. For the photo, Mr. Hancock is wearing a pair of her wooden shoes, while she is wearing his army jacket and beret.

 

  • A letter Robie Hancock sent to his mother in December, 1943 which recovering in hospital near Syracuse, Sicily. Seven men were killed and many more badly wounded, including Mr. Hancock when a large German gun blew up.

 

  • The cover and last page of a letter Robie Hancock sent to his mother in December, 1943 which recovering in hospital near Syracuse, Sicily. Seven men were killed and many more badly wounded, including Mr. Hancock when a large German gun blew up.

 

 

 

 

Inseparable still after 82 years of friendship, Remembrance Day for Gordie Bannerman and Orme Payne evokes a memory of the day they thought they’d lost each other, writes Rod Mickleburgh