Three Nations-One Freedom

Wally Bunka – a descendant of Ukrainian immigrants – is a WWII veteran of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles of Canadian Armed Forces who fought against the Nazis in France, Belgium and the Netherlands in 1944-1945. Together with thousands of other soldiers he landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was wounded twice in battles and was decorated with five Canadian and one Dutch awards for his meritorious service during WWII.

In May, 2017, Wally Bunka arrived in the Netherlands for the first time since 1945 to visit three Canadian military cemeteries, the burial places of his brothers-in-arms, including 145 graves of Canadian soldiers of Ukrainian origin, who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the Netherlands and entire Europe.

This video was created through the joint effort of representatives from Canada, the Netherlands and Ukraine who launched the “Three nations – one freedom” campaign which is to honor Canadian soldiers of Ukrainian origin who died liberating the Netherlands from German occupation during World War II.

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