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Favourite Photo, November 6, 2020

As we mark Remembrance Week 2020, this week’s favourite photo features Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery.

Located in the Netherlands, the cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery and contains the largest Canadian war dead in the Netherlands.

Row upon row, it is the final resting place for 2,610 Commonwealth Second World War military personnel, of which, 2338 are Canadian burials. The cemetery also has nine war graves of other nationalities.

Aubrey Cosens, Queen’s Own Rifles, is buried here. He earned the Victoria Cross as he lead an attack against Mooshof, where a sniper killed him in February 1945.

Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada.

Many of the Canadian’s buried in Grosebeek lost their lives in the Battle of the Rhineland when the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 4th Canadian Armoured Divisions participated in the drive southwards from the Nijmegen to clear the territory between Maas and the Rhine in the final months of the Second World War, February and March 1945.

The cemetery is the final resting place for 141 Canadian airmen. Two of them were shot down in 1942 but were not discovered until 1962, 20 years later.

Learn more about the cemetery here.

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Admittedly the Queen of Typos, Cyndi Mills strives for none, but one or two always seems to slip in. She apologizes! Over the last 27 years Cyndi has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London, and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military. Raising her third and fourth teenagers, she tries to keep sane by walking, gardening, writing, and spending time with her family while running Canadian Military Family Magazine.

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