- Starts: 07/09/2019 8:00 am
- Ends: 08/09/2019 5:30 pm
September marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Antwerp (Flanders, Belgium) during the Second World War. On the occasion of the commemoration of the Liberation, the city is organising various events. The Liberation Days is one of the highlights.
Programme 7 September:
- Liberation Parade with 100 historic and contemporary military and civilian vehicles, accompanied by marching bands and actors. A unique 7-km parade.
- You will be immersed in life during World War II in the Liberation Village along the River Scheldt. In addition to the vehicles in the parade, you can also visit the re-enactment camp, the experience containers, enjoy music and young people can see whether they have what it takes to join the army.
- Fifteen historic planes will join in a fly-over over the Scheldt, where boats will join in a historic flotilla. In the evening, a grand spectacle will take place here.
- The Town Hall will serve as the backdrop for a 20-minute audio-visual show.
- Come to the Liberation Ball in Groenplaats and dance the night away to music from the Forties or head to the dance party with DJs in the Liberation Village.
Programme 8 September:
- The Liberation Village will be open until 5.30 pm.
- A commemorative ceremony will be organised in Stadspark, in collaboration with Kazerne Dossin.
- You can visit the frigates along the Scheldt quays.
- See the historic planes at Antwerp Airport and in Museum Stampe & Vertongen.
- In the afternoon the Liberation Parade will leave northwards. Come see them off with us.
On 2 September 1944 allied troops crossed the Belgian border at diverse places. The process of liberation went fast: in ten days a large majority of the country was liberated. But it did not put an end to the German occupation. Two months later Hitler surprised the Allies with his last offensive: the Battle of the Bulge.
The Bastogne Barracks Museum was opened in 2010. It is located in the barracks that accomodated the Allied Headquarters during the Ardennes Offensive in 1944. Restored parts of the barracks exhibit a collection of materials used in the fighting. The so called Nuts-basement shows the office where General McAuliffe spoke the famous word ‘Nuts’,that had a major influence on the outcome of the Offensive.
Located in eastern Belgium on the border with the Netherlands and at a short distance from Germany, the municipality of Leopoldsburg became, in September 1944, the headquarters in advance of Operation Market Garden. Today Leopoldsburg’s Liberation Trail presents all the important WWII heritage sites in the vicinity. In addition, a brand new World War II museum is currently being developed: the Liberation Garden Museum should open its doors in May 2020.
The German War Cemetery in Lommel is the largest German military cemetery in Western Europe, outside of Germany. Just over 39,100 German soldiers were buried here. Most of them fell during WWII but a small part of the 16 acres holds 542 graves from WWI that were formerly buried in a cemetery in Leopoldsburg, Belgium.