The Canadian Tulip Festival together with their partners, the National Capital Commission, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are preparing for the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands next spring by introducing The Liberation75 Tulips, a limited-edition bright orange, mid-early blooming tulip with crown-shaped petals.
Canadian soldiers bravely battled in Europe, leading the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. In the final months of the Second World War, Canadian forces were given the important and deadly task of liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. From September 1944 to April 1945, the First Canadian Army fought Nazi forces on the Scheldt estuary, opening the port of Antwerp for Allied use.
Princess Juliana gifted 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canadians for their role in liberating the Dutch and providing refuge for her family during the war. Princess Juliana came to Canada with her husband Prince Bernhard, and daughters Princess Beatrix and Princess Irene. The Netherlands has presented Canada with 20,000 bulbs every year since then, thereby creating the inspiration in 1953 for the very first Canadian Tulip Festival, a symbol of friendship between nations and a celebration of spring renewal in the National Capital Region.
A truly wonderful tradition that continues today and brings many a tourist to our Nation’s Capital to see that one fine tulip.
You can purchase a bag of 15 Libertation75 Tulip Bulbs to help commemorate for only $15.
$1.00 of every bag sold goes to The Royal Canadian Legion with additional proceeds supporting commemoration activities throughout the Canadian Tulip Festival.
Do your part to bring 1.1 Million Tulips Honoring 1.1 Million Canadian who served in the Second World War.
Source and Photo Credit: Press Release