8th Hussars Museum Spring Opening Activities
May 5th 2016 8:00am Flag raising in front of town hall
On the morning of 05 May 1945 the 8th Hussars received the following message “ Effective 05 May 1945, 0800 hrs. Cease all operations” For the Hussars WW II was over after 5 long years of military operations. The Hussars would then move into a small town in the Netherlands called Eelde and there they would stay until repatriated to Canada in Jan 1946. Eelde would become a second home to the Regiment.
In 2015 the Regiment, the Town of Sussex and the Town of Eelde (Tynarloo) exchanged flags in preparation of celebrating the 70th Anniversary of this event. On Tuesday 05 May at 0800 hrs the two towns will raise each others flags to mark the event.
In 2015 The Town of Sussex was honored to have been selected through an application from Communities in Bloom to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of The Netherlands. As Canada’s major importer of Dutch Bulbs, Vesey’s recognized that a celebration of the very special 70th anniversary ending WW2 was incredibly important and should not pass by without their involvement.
Since Vesey’s customers are spread across the entire nation, the company wanted to make this a truly Canadian Gift. To accomplish this goal, they made available 140 tulip gardens, each containing 700 red & white tulips, to various communities across Canada.
The planting ceremony on November 5th 2015 included representatives of school children, Mrs. Dunfield and her Grade 4 class, MLA Bruce Northrup, Graham Milnar, representing the Town, Members of the 8th Hussars Museum including Borden McLellan and Scovil Brown, Veterans of the Sussex Royal Canadian Legion, Members of the CIB committee to help plant and make this a very special occasion.
The Museum will be commemorating the First World War, through our trench display the great battles at Mount Sorrel and the Somme in which members of the Hussars took part and we are opening a new display on Peacekeeping.
Mrs. Dunfield and her Grade 4 class will be returning for the Blooming Ceremony at Town Hall and the 8th Hussars Museum Spring Opening .
All events are are Open to the Public - Mark Your Calendar in Advance May 5th 2016