Dominion Secretary’s Speech at the Opening of the Tulip Festival

May 8, 2015

Comrade Brad White welcomed guests at the annual Tulip Festival in Ottawa and highlighted the importance of this national celebration in honour of the service and sacrifices in the Netherlands during the Second World War.


Your Excellency
Distinguished Guests, Veterans of all ages, Legionnaires, ladies and gentlemen;
It is my distinct pleasure, on behalf of the 300,000 members of The Royal Canadian legion, to take part in this annual celebration of Spring and the world’s largest tulip festival.
DSC_0581Through this wonderful festival, Canada helps preserve the heritage of our role in liberating the peace-loving people of the Netherlands during the Second World War.
We, at the Legion, perhaps more than most, understand the commemoration this festival represents and also marks the celebration of the courage and sacrifices made on our behalf. As Canada’s largest Veterans’ based organisation built by Veterans for Veterans, we pride ourselves on remembering the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women.
For this reason, the nearly 300,000 tulips in 60 different varieties blooming each year in the nation’s capital remains a valuable symbol of the sacrifices made and the solemn bond that has grown and flourished between our two countries.
It also remains an important message to the festival’s more than 500,000 visitors about Canada’s role during the Second World War and our commitment to peace and freedom. We Will Remember Them.
Thank you.
Brad White
Dominion Secretary