VEDay75 – Commemorate Canada’s Finest Hour Digitally!

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May 8, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary
of the Victory in Europe.

Seventy-five years ago, three young Canadians were in Holland when World War Two ended …

Mona Louise Parsons
An actress, a nurse, and a member of the Dutch Resistance, Mona Louise Parsons of Middleton, Nova Scotia was imprisoned and became one of the first and only woman to be tried by a National Socialist tribunal in Holland. Sentenced to death, she escaped …
Charles “Charlie” Byce grew up the son of a First World War hero and a woman from the Cree First Nations. He survived the residential school system and fought for Canada in World War Two with bravery. He risked his life many times to ensure the safety of his men earning a Distinguished Conduct Medal and a Military Medal, but …
Philip Pochailo
Born in Rainy River, Ontario, Philip Pochailo was 21 years old when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was shot down over the Netherlands, hidden by many Dutch families and members of the Resistance, only to …

This year, Defining Moments Canada returns with an exciting digital commemoration for VEDay – VEDay75 — Normandy to Netherlands!

Learn about these three iconic Canadians, plus the inspiring stories of many more Canadian Veterans from 11 months of battle — July 1944 to May 1945 — along the ‘road’ to liberating the Netherlands through occupied Europe.

Complete with four original lesson plans, innovative digital story-maps and tools from, dozens of rarely-seen imagesmapsletters and war diariesVEDay75 — Normandy to Netherlands is an entirely bilingual project that engages students (ages 12-18) in digital curation and interactive mapping skills.

Start your class commemoration May 1, 2020 at

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