Dutch post-war tulip gift to Canada gets a repeat, 75 years later

Don White is one of a dwindling number of Canadian veterans who can explain, from firsthand experience, why Ottawa’s spring tulip bloom, and the relationship it represents, loom so large in our collective consciousness.

“Holland’s known for the tulips, and they’re so beautiful,” said White, 95. “It’s a symbol for me, anyway, when I see that, of the Netherlands and my experiences there. It brings back memories.”

By: Taylor Blewett

Photo: Wayne Cuddington

Ottawa Citizen

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