- Starts: 19/09/2020 9:00 am
- Ends: 19/09/2020 5:00 pm
This year we are commemorating 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands, though in an adapted form due to the corona pandemic. The commemoration on the Ginkel Heath will take place in a closed setting and by invitation only. Unfortunately, it is not available for visitors. The air drops and the public program are also canceled. Our Polish and British veterans, flag bearers and relatives will not be present this year, they will be missed.
It is possible to follow the commemoration live via www.omroepgelderland.nl on Saturday September 19 around 11:00h (AMS time). If you would like to follow the YouTube transmission and add the automatic translation, we suggest you follow the live stream.
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