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Friendship Day this Saturday

Poffetjes, herring and other Dutch treats and entertainment will be part of this year's Canada Netherlands Friendship Day in Burlington.

The celebration day will be held this Saturday (May 5) starting with a flag raising ceremony at 3 p.m. at City Hall, 426 Brant St. Festivities will continue at the Royal Botanical Gardens Centre, 680 Plains Rd. W. Doors will be open at 5 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

Welcome and introductions will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the RBG auditorium. Visitors can meet vendors, listen to jazz music from the Burlington Concert Band or enjoy Dutch refreshments like those previously noted.

Representatives from will have videos about Amsterdam and one about the communities around the IJselmeer. Visitors can meet Glen Mitchell, author of A Bad Penny Always Comes Back. He'll be doing an introduction, as well as book readings on the weekend. Lisa Schuurman will also present The Reckoning and there will be a sing-along event.

The annual friendship day is held close to May 4, which is the official liberation day for the Netherlands.

More than 7,000 Canadian soldiers are buried on Dutch soil. Netherlands residents express thanks to Canadian Armed Forces and Allied Forces for liberating their country in 1945 near the end of the Second World War.