Ted Arnott made the following remarks at the September 19th ceremony
dedicating the Memorial Plaques at Remembrance Park in Georgetown:
Good afternoon, comrades and friends:
It’s indeed a great honour to join you here today in Georgetown, at one of the most
important landmarks in town–our beautiful Remembrance Park.
Here, in honour of those who served in a Canadian uniform in the wars of the 20th
Here, at the monument which serves as a symbol of our desire for peace in our world in
this 21st century;
We remember all who fought and died, all who were injured, and those who, by the
grace of God, returned home.
And today, we especially remember the Liberation of Holland, and the important role
that Canadians played in those decisive days.
We have seen the gratitude of the Dutch people each time the Liberation has been
celebrated, most recently on the 65th anniversary.
And here in Georgetown, we see that same expression of gratitude by the Dutch
Canadian Remembrance Committee, who seek to ensure that, just as John McCrae
eloquently asked, we never forget.
On behalf of the Province of Ontario, I want to express sincere thanks for your
continued and dedicated efforts in this regard.
These new story boards will be a suitable addendum to Remembrance Park, bringing
context and detail to the story of courage and sacrifice in Holland in 1944 and 1945, the
high price that was paid, for a wonderful and deserving people who’ve shown nothing
but grace and gratitude ever since.
Thank you for reminding us how we should remember.