- Starts: 19/09/2020 9:00 am
- Ends: 19/09/2020 5:00 pm
As during the Operation Market Garden in 1944, around 2000 paratroopers will be dropped out of planes above the Ginkelse Heide in Ede, the Netherlands.
The brave men who fought for freedom 76 years ago will be commemorated during the Airborne Air Landings and Commemoration on the 19th of September.
In presence of the last veterans, at 11:00 am, the events and victims will be commemorated at the Airborne Monument.
This day aims to emphasise the value of peace and safety. The event is free of charge and suitable for all ages.
The Airborne Monument on Ginkel Heath in Ede is a concrete pillar with a copper eagle at the top with its wings spread as if in full flight. The plinth is shaped like a crystal with the pillar emerging out of it like a prism. There are three copper symbols on the pillar. The first is a winged parachute wearing a crown. The second, is the emblem of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and the third, an image of a purple Pegasus (the mythological winged horse). At the foot of the pillar, there is a plaque made of natural stone and ten metres away, there is a large boulder with an inscription on it. The memorial is 3m high, 30cm wide and 30cm deep.
Those who lived through this battle still have very vivid memories of it; the never-ending stream of aircraft, in September 1944, with hundreds and hundreds of parachutists jumping out of them in order to liberate the Netherlands. Fighting erupted all