Thousands of kilometres away, a decades-old tradition that honours fallen Canadian soldiers will continue Christmas Eve.
Each year at this time, children from all over the Netherlands visit war cemeteries where the bodies of soldiers who fought for Canada are buried.
Speaking from Amsterdam, Sergeant Martin Reelick of the Royal Canadian Legion told the CJME Morning Show services are held, carols are sung and candles are lit.
“The whole graveyard is lit up with candles,” he said. “It’s quite something to see all these children that come to these graves.”
He said the tradition first started in Holten nearly 25 years ago but has expanded to other municipalities.
Kids are taught about the sacrifice these soldiers made and pay tribute to them for what they died for.
They may be gone, but Reelick said the children will still be there to commemorate the fallen soldiers during the holiday.
“They will not be alone on Christmas Eve.”