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May 7 1945 Library Archives Canada
Harold Van Wyck and Pops Jeep
Emmerick Bridge Across Rhine
Liberation Spring: 75 years of Peace 
About the Exhibit 

This exhibit focuses on the Canadian effort to liberate the Netherlands in the spring of 1945, while collaborating with Grade 12 students from Owen Sound District Secondary School to explore the  concept of peace with local community members in a modern day context. These groups include school children, Canadian Armed Forces Veterans, newcomers to Canada, and Dutch civilian survivors of the Second World War occupation.


While viewing this exhibit, experience the soldiers who were fighting to liberate the Dutch and finally heard the long anticipated news that a cease fire had been negotiated through their wireless sets. The original Cease Fire Order Telex was received by Signals Officer Harold Van Wyck at First Canadian Army Headquarters. Meanwhile, at home Canadians waited anxiously by their radios and scanned their newspapers for the headline announcing that the war was over in Europe.

Exhibit opened May 1st, 2020

At the Billy Bishop Museum, it is now closed.  

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