- Starts: 22/09/2019 11:00 am
- Ends: 22/09/2019 12:30 am
More than 1,750 Allied soldiers are buried at the CWGC Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. They fell in battle during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944.
On the first Sunday after September 17, a memorial service will be held to pay tribute to them. Veterans, their relatives, international officials and many spectators will attend the commemoration.
Traditionally ‘flower children’- schoolchildren from Renkum municipality will lay flowers on the gravestones.
For the occasion, a white stone arch will be placed on each grave. On the field of honor there will be a ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ made of Portland stone, on which a bronze sword is attached. On the foreground of the cemetery, ‘The stone of memory’ will take place. The establishment of British honorary fields is uniform in all 140 countries where the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is responsible for the maintenance of the war graves.
This British war cemetery contains the graves of 1,754 Allied troops. Most of the soldiers who were killed during Operation Market Garden lie buried here.
The Airborne Memorial in Oosterbeek (municipality of Renkum) is a stone pillar crowned with five carved figures. The figures on the outside are men and soldiers, with one man at the top representing freedom.
The start of Operation Market Garden on the 17th of September 1944 in the Ede/Oosterbeek/Arnhem region is commemorated with a small scale Airborne ceremony and wreath laying, organised by the municipality of Renkum.