IOFF's founder Karen Hunter was interviewed by Guelph Today last week asking Guelph families to help her find information about the 13 Guelph soldiers buried in the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands.
In May, descendants of the Second World War veterans across Canada will march in their father’s footsteps on a 60 km walk of researched routes of the first, second and third Canadian divisions in platoons with professional guides. The tour will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Dutch liberation where Canadian troops freed the Netherlands from Nazi occupation.
Karen Hunter stands in front of the Guelph Cenotaph. Anam Khan/GuelphToday
“That country shows gratitude for it right to this day,” said Guelph historian Ed Butts.
Butts researched Guelph archives to obtain information about the 13 Guelph soldiers buried in the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetary which was then sent to the Faces to Graves foundation by Hunter. However, much of the information wasn’t enough.
“Their interest is to have personal stories that go beyond obituaries and military statistics and talk about their dreams, their personality, their hobbies,” says Hunter. “That can really only be obtained from relatives.”
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