Forgotten Battle Series - Battle of the Scheldt (Grade 7-8)

Beechwood National Memorial Cemetery

Beechwood Cemetery Foundation and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are inviting you to a morning of education, history and the opportunity to see artifacts from the Bevrijdingsmuseum Zeeland - (Liberation Museum Zeeland). This is the first time these artifacts have been viewed in Ottawa.

Following the formal program, we will be asking grade 7-8 students to paint wooden tulips and tie a note to honour Canadian Veterans.

Join us on October 17, 2023 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre for this unique and one-of-a-kind education opportunity.

The Forgotten Battle Series is a new educational program offered by Beechwood and dedicated partners. The series looks to celebrate a moment in Canadian Military History and how that moment impacted our reputation, the direction of a conflict/war or a definitive moment in Canadian History and the relationship with other nations or groups in society.

The Battle of the Scheldt in World War II was a series of military operations led by the First Canadian Army, with Polish and British units attached, to open the shipping route to Antwerp so that its port could be used to supply the Allies in north-west Europe. Under acting command of the First Canadian's Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds, the battle took place in northern Belgium and southwestern Netherlands from 2 October to 8 November 1944. After five weeks of difficult fighting, the Canadian First Army, at a cost of 12,873 Allied casualties (half of them Canadian), was successful in clearing the Scheldt after numerous amphibious assaults, obstacle crossings and costly assaults over open ground.

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