Something amazing happened today! I was waiting at the bus stop and two Canadian women asked for directions. They may be the very first Canadians to visit these parts since 1945 (this is an exageration... or is it?)! :D I wonder why they're here... Wait, could they be the grandchildren of soldiers who liberated these towns? Have they come to visit the museum and memorials? That'd make sense. Not many other reasons to visit. Damnit, I should have asked! Too bad my bus arrived right after I gave them directions...
Man, I feel like a NPC now. Just standing there, showing descendants of legendary heroes the way to the next (and better) town.
Somewhat related: I went shopping in Doetinchem, a fairly small city of which the centre that was practically bombed to ruins in the last stretch of the war. Not by Germans, but by the Britts who mistook it for the German city of Isselburgh... 200 people died because of that fuck up. They even covered up, reported it had actually been an attack on Anholt, a German town near the border. The city looks like any other now, but you'll find many monuments and memorials if you know where to look.
The small town I lived in wasn't hit that hard, but the Germans did decide to go out with a bang when the Canadians were on their way. They had a lot of ammunition stored nearby, shoved it all into the community building farmers used for storage and the like, and blew the whole thing up. Germany soldiers didn't even warn the people living next to it. Six townspeople died, three of them children, mere hours before the town was liberated.
Damnit, now I'm all sad. I'm glad they teach some local history like this in our schools, though.