75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands

May 5, 1945 - Netherlands

Netherlands 2020

At John McCrae Secondary School we are continuing in our commitment to promote the understanding of the experience of our Canadian Veterans, and enhance our students' understanding of the global community.

With that in mind we are announcing our 7th trip which will depart on May 1, 2020 and return on May 10th, 2020. The focus of the trip is to celebrate and remember with the citizens of the Netherlands as they take part in recognizing the Canadian Veterans who liberated their Country in WWII. The trips are part Canadian military history, as well as, cultural travel. The students will be in the Netherlands on the actual days the Dutch citizens celebrate their liberation and will activity be participating with the local citizens. The other key elements of the trip include traveling to London, England; Belgium, and Normandy in France, with a visit Juno Beach and other sites. To see a more detailed itinerary of the trip and costs, as well as, the application form, please see the links below.

Netherlands 2020 Itinerary Information

Application form Netherlands 2020

The trip will be open to all grade 9 and 10 students. We will only be accepting 45 students for the trip, and we presently have over 600 grade 9 and 10 students.

Mr. Howard, Mr. Jardine and Mr. Mooder are the teacher contacts for the trip. Their emails are on the school's website.

Vimy 100th Anniversary 2017 trip.

Application Process

Step One: A letter will be sent home during the week of November 5th for all grade 9 and 10 students.

Step Two: All grade 9 and 10 classes will be visited during the week of November 12th to be given a brief presentation of the trip and application procedures.

Application Form

Step Three: Applications will only be accepted starting on November 19th at 8 am. Use the "SchoolcashOnline" option on the main website to pay the $335.00 deposit in advance before the 19th, or a cheque payable to "John McCrae SS" must accompany the application form on that day.

Step Four: Acceptable candidates will be selected by the end of the day on Monday, November 26th and the names posted on the door of Room 309.

Step Five: There will be a mandatory evening meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, December 4th, at which time there will be an overview of the itinerary, and parents must register their child with the company handling the logistics of our trip.


See the Calendar below for more details.


Unveiling of the John McCrae stamp and coin at Parliament before the Caribou Trip in 2016.

Pre-Trip ACTIVITIES

There will be a series of activities the students will take part in over the next 18 months leading to the trip on May 1, 2020. These activities are designed to engage the students in the historical background of the events and the sites on the trip. This will provide the students with a greater appreciation for the Veterans and the citizens involved. To the left and below are some of the many activities we have done over the last 12 years.

Laying wreaths at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood.

One of a number of Candle Light Ceremonies with the City and Veteran Affairs during Remembrance week.


Walk-a-thon and training with the Governor General's Foot Guards and Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.


Researching Veterans with their files at the National Archives for the 2010 Netherlands trip.

Working with many of the Embassies for each of the trips. At the Belgium Embassy for our 2016 trip.


At the National Day of Honour for the Afghanistan Veterans at Parliament Hill before our 2014 trip.