Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Groesbeek

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The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial is located about three kilometres north of the town of Groesbeek, Netherlands. The cemetery contains 2,338 Canadian soldiers of World War II. It was built to a design by Commission architect Philip Hepworth.The cemetery is unique in that many of the dead were brought here from nearby Germany. It is one of the few cases where bodies were moved across international frontiers. It is believed that all fallen Canadian soldiers of the Rhineland battles, who were buried in German battlefields, were reinterred here . General H.D.G. Crerar, who commanded Canadian land forces in Europe, ordered that Canadian dead were not to be buried in German soil.Thousands of Dutch children tend the graves of the soldiers buried here as they do throughout the Netherlands.The cemetery also has a Cross of Sacrifice within it.CommemorationWithin the cemetery stands the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine River at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe. There are 1,103 names on the memorial; although since the date of completion of the name-panels, graves have been found for four men commemorated by it. The Bayeux Memorial in Normandy, France honours 103 Canadian servicemen and women.
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  • We went here as we were leaving the area. Was really nice to visit and reflect on the selfless acts these soldiers gave for our freedom.  more »
  • Each grave here is lovingly tended and decorated by a Dutch citizen in appreciation for the sacrifices of the Canadian soldiers. A grateful people show their gratitude still.  more »
  • A place where heroes truly rest
  • Visited this cemetery very often together with my late husband Dennis (Ginger) Abbott , who was a Market Garden Veteran, at commemorations. His cousin is buried here and we often went to pay our respects here. It is a very tranquil place and well kept. We will remember them!

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