St. Catharines Mayor Joins Lincoln and Welland Regiment for 75th Anniversary Liberation Celebrations in the City of Bergen op Zoom, in the Netherlands

“It is an honour to represent the City of St. Catharines for this special occasion with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. The bonds between our cities and our countries were forged in the toughest of times and they are bonds that remain strong through the special relationships that have developed over the last 75 years.” – St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik

News from the City of St. Catharines

Posted October 24th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Mayor Walter Sendzik is honoured to join members of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment and Canadian leaders to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands in the Second World War at ceremonies in the city of Bergen op Zoom this week.

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment played a major role in key battles to liberate The Netherlands in September and October, 1944. The Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom was a strategic location that was liberated by the Lincoln and Welland Regiment and South Alberta Regiment in October 1944.

Canadian troops moving in during the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in the fall of 1944

 The Canadian War Cemetery in Bergen op Zoom holds the graves of 1100 Canadian soldiers who were killed in the liberation of the area, including 69 casualties from the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. Every year, families and descendants of veterans travel to the city for commemoration ceremonies to honour their loved ones.

Mayor Sendzik stated: “It is an honour to represent the City of St. Catharines for this special occasion with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. The bonds between our cities and our countries were forged in the toughest of times and they are bonds that remain strong through the special relationships that have developed over the last 75 years.”

More than 80 members of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment will be travelling to Bergen op Zoom for special ceremonies and events. They will be joined by the South Alberta Light Horse from Edmonton who fought alongside the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in the liberation of Bergen op Zoom. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson will also be in attendance.

“Members of the Regiment are truly grateful for the legacy and traditions passed down to them and are honoured to pay our respects to our fallen comrades in a proper military service. The Regiment is thankful to the Lincoln and Welland Regiment Foundation, the city of Bergen op Zoom and all of the volunteers that have made this possible,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Cincio, Commanding Officer of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

A plaque presented by the Lincoln and Welland Regiment to the people of the Netherlands on the 55th anniversary of the liberation.

Mayor Sendzik will be participating in a number of official ceremonies with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment between Oct. 25 and 27. The Mayor will lay a wreath at the Canadian War Cemetery at the Canada in the Netherlands Memorial Day on Oct. 27.

He will also lay a wreath during a military parade, attend a memorial concert for veterans hosted by the Mayor of Bergen op Zoom. Mayor Sendzik will also network with economic development professionals and the Ambassador of Canada in The Netherlands during the official trip. For photos and updates from Bergen op Zoom follow Mayor Sendzik on social media @WSendzik.

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.

For More News And Commentary From Niagara At Large – An independent, alternative voice for our  Greater Bi-National Niagara Region – Become A Regular Visitor And Subscriber To NAL At Www.Niagaraatlarge.Com

“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.