epub A Bloom of Friendship
Every year in May, during the Canadian Tulip Festival, a festive floral display colours Canada's capital city. One hundred thousand tulips, sent from the Netherlands to Canada, come into bloom. The flowers symbolize the special connection between Canada and the Netherlands. Although separated by an ocean and vastly different in size, the two countries share a mutual history. During the Second World War, Canadian troops played a key role in liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. Earlier in the war, when Dutch Crown Princess Juliana and her family had to flee their homeland, Ottawa provided a safe haven for them. After the family returned home at the end of the war, Juliana, who had given birth to her daughter Margriet in an Ottawa hospital, presented Canada with 100,000 tulip bulbs in a gesture of gratitude. A Bloom of Friendship commemorates the story of Canada and the Netherlands during the Second World War, and explains the history and origins of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Complemented by poignant stories of individual experiences and 90 archival photographs, this book vividly brings a troubled time in history to life and is an inspiring account of national (and personal) friendships and generosity.
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