- Starts: 22/09/2019 11:00 am
- Ends: 22/09/2019 12:30 pm
On the CWGC Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery at Oosterbeek, more than 1.750 Allied soldiers who fell during the Battle of Arnhem are buried.
On the first Sunday after September 17, a memorial service will be held to commemorate them with solemn homage in the presence of veterans, their relatives and thousands of interested parties. Traditionally ‘flower children’- schoolchildren from Renkum municipality – will lay flowers at the gravestones.
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.
To ensure the success of Operation Market Garden, the Allied forces had to capture the bridge in Arnhem. But the light-armed airborne forces stood no chance against two SS Panzer Divisions that happened to be in the area. After desperate fighting and many casualties the Arnhem bridge proved to be ‘a bridge too far’.