05/04/2015 04:50 EDT | Updated 05/04/2016 05:12 EDT

Quotes from VE-Day service attended by PM and vets

HOLTEN, Netherlands - Some quotes from a VE-Day service held Monday at a Canadian war cemetery in the Netherlands.

"It would be a better world if we'd learn and behave ourselves and live in harmony." Don Somerville, 92, a Second World War combat engineer.


" It's the least we can do to come back. It's wonderful to be here. It just takes your breath away." Jim Summersides 90, of Welland, Ont.


"We choose risk not for reward, but for righteousness, we choose to fight for freedom, we choose to defend the innocent, we choose to bring hope to the world." Prime Minister Stephen Harper.