The Netherlands / Monument
In 1998, Maple trees were planted next to the current Freedom Museum to remember the Canadian liberators of Groesbeek.
The Canada-Netherlands Memorial Park is a living monument opened by Canadian-born Princess Margriet in 1998. Several Maples, Canada's national tree, stand together in a grove and are surrounded by a meadow. A stone monument can be found at the edge of the park. The park forms a peaceful place, in contrast to the violence of the war that took place in the region during the 1940s. The park is also a nod to the landscape in the Rijk van Nijmegen region - open meadows and dense forests.
From the park, visitors have a great view of the landscape where two important battles on the Western Front of World War II took place: Operation Market Garden (September 1944), and the Rhineland Offensive (February 1945). Twice, this ground witnessed a historic event: the landing of Market Garden paratroopers, and the passing of Allied tanks into Germany for the start of the Rhineland Offensive.
Canadian soldiers in the Rijk van Nijmegen: During Operation Market Garden, the Rijk van Nijmegen was liberated by the Allies. However, the population was not safe, and the region became frontline territory. In November 1944, the British and American soldiers stationed here were deployed elsewhere and the Canadians took over. Their task was to protect the bridges, the town and the region from German attacks, and defend the front.
Wylerbaan, 6561 KR Groesbeek