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Taxi Charity helps British veterans receive warm welcome at Dutch Liberation Parade


Image credit: The Taxi Charity

Thousands of spectators gathered in Wageningen, Netherlands, to honour British and Canadian veterans during the annual Liberation Day Parade on 5 May.


Leading the procession were thirteen British veterans alongside one Canadian, all representing the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans.

This significant event marks the Dutch city's commemoration of liberation, with Wageningen known as the focal point for these celebrations. The veterans were transported in three golf carts and two iconic London taxis, a nod to the Taxi Charity's involvement in facilitating the journey.


The previous day, 4 May, a national day of remembrance in the Netherlands, saw British veteran Geoff Roberts and Canadian George Brewster ignite the flame of liberation in Wageningen's town square. This poignant ceremony was broadcast to millions across the country.


During the 5 km parade route, the veterans received a heartfelt welcome, with attendees bestowing flowers and gifts. The emotional connection was palpable, with both veterans and spectators visibly moved by the shared memories of liberation 79 years ago.

This event not only serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made but also strengthens the bonds between the Netherlands and its liberators, ensuring that the spirit of freedom and gratitude is passed down through generations. The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans has been instrumental in organising this trip since 2012, demonstrating the enduring appreciation for those who fought for peace and liberty.


Hans Kranenburg, President of the Police Sport Association, who addressed the veterans, said: “We are extremely honoured and privileged with your presence. Without your sacrifices, and those of the many soldiers and freedom fighters we would not have been able to stand here to speak freely and to walk in freedom. Words cannot express what you have done for us. We will never fully understand the depth of your scars. Your dedication and commitment to liberate our country will always be in our hearts and minds. We owe you so  much.”

 

Frans Ammerlaan MBE, Taxi Charity Advisor and Market Garden Foundation, said: “We look forward to welcoming British veterans to the Netherlands each year and it is always such a pleasure to host these brave men and women.”


Dick Goodwin, Honorary Secretary, the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said: “The party of veterans had such a wonderful time thanks to the carers, volunteers, London cab drivers and our old and new Dutch friends. The reception the veterans receive everywhere we go is overwhelming and even on the ferry home, the other passengers formed a guard of honour and applauded as the veterans headed to the lifts to disembark.”

 

To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers to veterans or to donate visit www.taxicharity.org

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