Private Loren Nelson

Holten Military Cemetery
5 May 1956

Every year, on the 5th of May, the people of Holland celebrate their freedom. This date is more commonly known as Liberation Day. One such ceremony which took place in Holten Military Ceremony on the 5th of May, 1956 was documented by a young dutch woman who had been caring for Loren's grave for many years.

The photos that were taken were then sent back to Canada along with the comments written in english on the back of each photo. These comments appear on this page alongside each photo in blue italics.

This was during the national songs of Canada and Holland. You see already the relations who visited the graves of their sons, brothers etc. and you see the high military men.  

Holten Military Cemetery


Holten Military Cemetery

After the ceremony - you see the wreaths and garlands left by the Canadian and Dutch high military men and other high persons e.g. the Canadian ambassador.  


Children of Holland put the flowers on the graves. Narcissus, white with an orange heart. You see also the two little houses at the entrance to the Cemetery. This was built about two years ago.

Holten Military Cemetery


Holten Military Cemetery

White narcissus were put on every grave, by children of Holten. I myself put two red geraniums on Loren's grave, one on the left and one on the right side of the white with an orange heart narcissus.

The Inscription:

10TH APRIL 1945 AGE 19