Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Holten Canadian War Cemetery

Holten Canadian War Cemetery
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Calgary, Canada91 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This cemetery is different things to different people. It's beauty with striking gardens and monuments. Particularly while suited to engaging young people. I have visited several times over the last 10 years and always learn something new and pay my respect's to those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Written October 20, 2021
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Kermit403
Coaldale, Canada776 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
I had been told of this location by a resident who had been assigned a grave to take care of as a child in Holten.
It is a very emotional experience visiting a Memorial Cemetery, and as a Canadian I felt a connection. I took my bagpipes in with me a played some tunes as a sign of respect.
I think every Canadian visiting the Netherlands should spend a couple of hours here.
Written August 20, 2017
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Dave M
Vancouver, Canada115 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
The Holten Canadian War Cemetery has beautifully maintained grounds in a forested park on the edge of Holten. Additionally, there is a small visitor centre opened by local historians with exhibits and facts on the men buried there and the Canadian campaign to liberate the Netherlands.

On our visit on Liberation Day (May 5), it was touching to see hundreds of Dutch families visiting the cemetery. The Dutch truly haven't forgotten the sacrifice of the allied armies to liberate the country from occupation and starvation. The cemetery is fairly close to town, so it can be accessed on foot from the Holten train station (about a 25 minute walk).
Written May 11, 2015
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Mark R
Amersfoort, The Netherlands138 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Beautifully situated war cemetery in the middle of a forest. Striking that all headstones have their own text, probably from their families. In the index, you can get a rough idea of how many young guys are here. Died in late April and early May of 1945, just as peace was around the corner.
Written November 7, 2017
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Spankyrugby
St. Albert, Canada42 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
Very beautiful. Very well kept. Very nice drive to get to it. Makes a fellow Canadian proud of what our soldiers did in the name of peace
Written October 30, 2017
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chamonix44
Almelo2,774 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
My husband and I visited this cemetery for the third time, and we were very impressed at how well kept the graves were and just how large and how peaceful it was. It was both sad and interesting to read the gravestones and realise just how young these men were when they lost their lives.We sat on a bench towards the back of the graveyard and just looked at the neatness of it all, and we could hear birds singing in the trees. We would definitely recommend this as a place of great interest to others, despite the sad history surrounding it.
Written July 10, 2017
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riderpride62
Calgary, Canada71 contributions
Sep 2014
Visited in 2013 as part of a whirlwind European vacation. We wanted to see some WW2 sites that had Canadian historical significance and my Uncle is buried at Holten. The huge Canadian Maple trees stand a wonderful guardians over the cemetery and the locals do a grand job looking after the place. We went to find my Uncle's gravesite, but walked the entire cemetery looking at every grave to honor the 2000+ heroes buried there. Please visit.
Written June 30, 2015
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MariaF
Lochem, The Netherlands98 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
A nice, surreal experience of history as this place is an actual burial ground of these soldiers, and not just a memorial. It felt surreal to walk through the place knowing that several feet beneath you was where these heroes were laid to rest.

Reading each tombstone was interesting to know a little more about the people there - their rank, their age, division, date of death. It's saddening how many of them died at very young ages. Some tombstones had an epitaph written and those can pinch your heart as you read what was written or chosen by the family they left behind. Some had no inscription from family written since no contact with the family was made and that was also sad to think about.
Written February 23, 2021
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RonFromIowa
Iowa City, IA14 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
There is a 17-minute film which should be watched (in Dutch with English subtitles) before venturing onto the grounds, where row after row of Canadian troops are buried. The grounds are maintained with beautiful flowers and sometimes relatives have left written remembrances of their loved ones. If you are riding a bike or walking from Holten, it's a beautiful path through a national park.
Written August 7, 2019
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Lindsay F
13 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This War Cemetery is incredibly moving. While smaller than most, the number of Canadian soldiers is heartbreaking. The visitors centre is wonderfully done, and the presentations had me in tears. Walking through the cemetery, you'll find the grave of a Canadian Women's Army Corps member, as well as the graves of two or three 17 year olds. Heartbreaking. Beautifully cared for, and you could tell the staff in the visitors centre took immense pride in their cemetery and history.
Written October 11, 2018
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