- Starts: 31/08/2019 8:00 am
- Ends: 31/08/2019 8:00 pm
In Zeeland and North Brabant, we will be celebrating 75 years of freedom and remembering the Battle of the Scheldt in the autumn of the anniversary year, 2019. For the occasion, many events and commemorations will be held in these regions. The nationwide start of the celebrations takes place on 31 August 2019 in Terneuzen in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Zeeland).
The event is organised by the Province of Zeeland, the Municipality of Terneuzen, and the National 4 and 5 May Committee. Their aim is to use the event in Terneuzen to create a meaningful celebration of 75 years of freedom since liberation, enhancing awareness and knowledge about the Battle of the Scheldt, and helping to create a positive image of the historical importance of the Battle of the Scheldt within the broader international context of the Second World War.
The event is accessible for as many visitors as possible, both young and old. One of the highlights of the event’s program is a fleet parade of marine vessels, historic craft and merchant navy ships. This fleet parade by the former Allied countries aims to ‘reopen’ the Scheldt symbolically and stress the importance of unity and free access to waterways and harbours today.
The end of the joint programme to commemorate the Battle of the Scheldt will take place from 25 to 27 October 2019 in West Brabant, the final activity being the international remembrance ceremony at Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery.
In August 1944 the Allies broke out of Normandy. The speed of the allied advance was so great that they outran their supply lines. In early September the advance came to a halt. The Allies desperately needed a large port to supply their troops and the obvious choice was Antwerp.
Every two years the Havendagen are a weekend of local celebration. In 2020 it will be all about the 75 years of liberation.
In May 1940 the Netherlands was occupied by German forces. It would take five years before they could be ousted. The final drive to liberate the whole country was launched in February 1945 after the so-called ‘Hunger Winter’ had led to 20.000 fatalities in the still occupied territory.
The Liberation Museum Zeeland takes us back to a special part of Zeelands history. During the Second World War Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen of various nationalities united in the fight against the German occupation forces. This struggle resulted in a lot of dead and wounded on both sides. The local population in Zeeland also suffered heavy casualties.
A group of granite and brick stone memorials, commemorating the French soldiers who were killed in May 1940 during the battle of Zeeland and the Scottish and Canadian soldiers who were killed during Operation Mallard in November 1944.
In Zeeland and North Brabant, we will be celebrating 75 years of freedom and remembering the Battle of the Scheldt in the autumn of the anniversary year, 2019. For the occasion, many events and commemorations will be held in these