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Frisian mayor pays homage to fallen native son

Emigrant joined Canadian Army

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JOURE, the Netherlands - A recent gesture by the mayor of the Frisian municipality of Skarsterl‚n has earned gratitude from the Canadian relatives of 1930s Dutch immigrant Geale Visser. On May 4, when the Netherlands remembers its war dead, Mayor G.J. Kuiper placed a wreath on Visserís grave.

The Vissers emigrated to Canada in the 1930s. In 1940, Geale joined the Canadian Army and later fought in the campaigns in Europe. Visser died in battle in Germany. A Friesch Dagblad reporter made Mayor Kuiper aware of Visserís grave.

The homage paid to her brother came to the attention of one of Visserís sisters, Jennie, who lives in Canada. She in turn sent a note of her thanks to Kuiper.