May 5 Tulips

May 5 Tulips

May 5th 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. This victory was won largely through the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers, and over than 7,600 Canadian soldiers died in the effort. Every year since 1946, the Dutch government has sent thousands of tulips in thanks to Canada.

This year was to have been special, 110,000 red tulips (Canadian Liberator and Strong Love) were planted last fall in the City of Vancouver alone. Over 30,000 of these bulbs were planted by the staff at Mountain View Cemetery.

Although COVID-19 forced the cancellation of events, this week saw the peak of an astonishing display, as thousands of tulips bloomed along the maple allée that runs through three of the cemetery’s military sections.
LEES+Associates is proud of our small part in helping to celebrate this remarkable anniversary.

May 5 Tulips

May 5 Tulips

May 5 Tulips

A Night for all Souls

Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery held its 13th annual Night for All Souls last Saturday, October 28th 2017.
The highlight in a week of events honouring the dead, this year’s “Night” was blessed with wonderful weather. Hundreds of visitors—families, neighbours and friends of the cemetery—turned out for an evening of music and song, candle-lit shrines, personal tributes, and tea and flowers in the Celebration Hall.

In recognition of this wonderful tradition, we have posted a video from 2005 that tells the story of how it all began. Enjoy!