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40th Anniversary of Canadians in Lahr

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This October is the official 40th Anniversary of Canadians being in Lahr, (West) Germany.  As an act of Friendship the City of Lahr is adding activies to its Chrysanthema Festival to celebrate this.  The fol email is circulating announcing the anniversary and some of the events planned:

The following info may be of interest to those of you, who like myself, have spent some wonderful years in Lahr.
Alain Pellerin
This year (Fall 2007) marks 40 years since the establishment of CFB Lahr, when Canada officially took over from the French Air Force.  The City of Lahr and Canada-Haus in Lahr (supported by a number of organizations and friends of the German-Canadian societies - including the Canadian Embassy in Berlin) are organizing a number of events to highlight this significant anniversary, including a 'Canadian Day' on 28 October 2007.  An excellent program is currently being organized for this particular day, with invitations being sent to former CFE and CFB Lahr Commanders, among others.
On behalf of Trisha Cornforth from Canada-Haus and the City of Lahr, I would be very grateful if you could distribute the information on the website below to your wide readership.  I would also appreciate you sending this information to contacts at the Canadian Legion and others who served in Lahr, Baden-Soellingen or Zweibruecken and who might be interested in attending.
For Capt(N) Henderson :  Chris - might it be possible to place a short article with website connection in the Maple Leaf?
Thank you all very much for your assistance.  Hope to see many of you in Lahr.
Tony Battista
Canadian Defence Attaché
Attaché de défense du Canada
Canadian Embassy / Ambassade du Canada
Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin, Germany
MITNET: (8) 466-3567
Tel: +49 (30) 20 31 25 67
Fax: +49 (30) 20 31 21 18
mailto: tony.battista@international.gc.ca
“Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.” Ulysses S. Grant"

The following announcement is being sent around the internet and to various print publications:

Events in Lahr German-Canadian Reunion during "Chrysanthema" 19-28 October!
A 40th anniversary (1967-2007) Lahr German-Canadian Reunion will take place during Lahr's now famous Chrysanthemum Festival. This open-air flower festival takes place every fall (this year from 19 October to 11 November 2007). "International friendship" is the theme of this year's Chrysanthemum Festival when the old city centre will look
its best, lasting for three weeks with activities, live concerts, etc. every day.

Fabulous flower festival
This chrysanthemum festival has been held every end of October since 1993, with Lahr's streets and buildings decorated with masses of these colourful blossoms - at a time when other flowers are withering away elsewhere! Another advantage of the fall is that trans-Atlantic airline tickets cost less - remember you can fly via London (Standstead) then Ryanair to land at Baden-Soellingen! Autumn is also a pleasant season with the grape harvest, wine and beer festivals as well as Europa-Park's Halloween festival - see our photos from last year by clicking on "Chrysanthema 2006" in our pictures section!
40 years of Canadians in Lahr
Fall 2007 will mark 40 years since the establishment of CFB Lahr. The first Canadians actually arrived in Lahr in spring 1967 but the official hand-over ceremony from the French Air Force took place in October 1967 when CFB Lahr was officially opened.

Reunion events
The main official ceremonies hosted by the City of Lahr with reception will be held during the opening weekend of 19-22 October when other Canadian guests will also be visiting from Lahr's "twin town" Belleville, Ontario, as well as French guests from Lahr's "twin town" of Dole in Burgundy - both of which are also celebrating anniversaries this year! Canadian residents in the Belleville area may wish to join that organized trip (contact Belleville city hall).

Sunday 28 October will be "Canadian Day" in the "Chrysanthema" program with local and visiting Canadians providing music among the flowers on Lahr's Marktplatz.

For the week in between we are working on a schedule of events/day trips for visitors to Lahr (i.e. a meet and greet, a guided tour of the old city with coffee; Stadtpark tour to finish at the restaurant, wine-tasting tour up the Schutterlindenberg; Geroldseck castle tour with lunch or coffee at the oldest Gasthaus; Black Forest Farm Museum in Gutach with cuckoo clocks in Triberg; a brewery tour with beer tasting. There are no Volksmarsch walks in the near vicinity but I can supply a list of walks in the Black Forest and Alsace.

Travel and accommodations
There may be some organized tours from Canada so ask around or contact Belleville! Otherwise you will have to arrange your own travel and find your own accommodations. Some home hospitality may be available in Lahr - please ask if you are interested!
The best is if you can stay with friends, former landlords or neighbours because there will already be many tourists in the town!
Register with "Der Kanadier" - sorry about guest book spam!
If you are going to attend the reunion, please put a message on our "Der Kanadier" guest book - so that other people can see you're intending to come to Lahr. We've recently had spam problems on our guest book but we'll soon be changing to a server with better spam protection so we hope you will not be disturbed in future.
If you are coming on an individual trip to Lahr at any time of the year, also please let us know in advance so that we can get together at Canada-Haus, which is located in the former "Der Kanadier" newspaper office above the former downtown post office, near the Stadtpark! Recent guests include the first ever D/H at CFB Baden-Soellingen and "Ollie" (Paul Aulenbach) the long-time Centennial Club barman who raised so much money for charity with his long-distance running - he's till playing hockey!
We look forward to seeing some of you in Lahr this year.