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Update on COVID-19 and Europe Remembers Event Listings and Activities [13.03.2020]

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Keep Them Rolling

In the footsteps of our liberators, the Canadians and the English, the jeeps, trucks and amphibious vehicles of Keep Them Roling and their enthusiastic drivers drive through the 7 villages east of Arnhem. The committees and residents from Laag-Soeren, Dieren, Spankeren, Ellecom, De Steeg, Rheden and Velp shows how grateful they still are. They connect all kinds of festivities and activities to the route.

Historical Military Camp

Together with DPA-Holland, Broken Wings is organizing a wonderful event around Castle Canneburch from 17 to 19 April. More than 65 classic army vehicles are presented. On Saturday, around 50 vehicles drive a parade with fly-by and poppy drop through the village centers of Vaassen, Emst, Oene Epe. With a short static show in Epe where the Mayor speech from 1945 will be read again.

Foulkes Festival

At the Foulkes Festival historical and educational activities for all ages will be made available. The festival is situated in the historic Belmonte Arboretum: literally a garden in which to meet! 

Tonight into Day

75 years of peace and freedom “The time of the encounter, the concert followed by the communal breakfast, make the performance a special experience.”

2020 Liberation Celebrations Guernsey

The 2020 Liberation Celebrations will be the 75th anniversary of Guernsey’s ‘National Day’ when the island was liberated on 9 May 1940 from five long dark years of Occupation 1940‐1945.

We’ll Meet Again VE75 Anniversary Concert

A Concert on the 1st and 2nd July at The Memorial Centre at 7:30pm to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, recreating family life in our Town during the period 1938 – 1945, through words, music and dance. A very amusing and stimulating concert.

VE Day Commemorations

Starting on Friday 08 May – Cromer Churchyard – 2:55pm with an official unveiling of poppy waterfall (4500 ceramic poppies hand made by local volunteers will fall from a window of the church to surround a wicker horse). Dedication of poppy display panels, tributes from a piper & a bugler.

Co. Fermanagh Celebrates VE Day 75

In Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland the celebration events, over the VE Day week/weekend (6-10th May 2020) will include church services of thanksgiving, family fun day, beacon lighting, school events, band performances, gun salute and much more.

Voices of War

Voices of War consists of three separate compilations of excerpts from audio interviews held in IWM’s rich sound archive.

Militracks May 16-17, 2020 – Oorlogsmuseum Overloon

Militracks is on Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2019. The military collectibles market opens at 09:00, at the same time as the gates to the grounds open. The vehicles begin driving starting at 09:30. From that time, there will be on-going rides, with a short lunch break at noon. Militracks lasts on both days until 17:00.

Hungerwinter, food and famine

Hunger Winter: Food and Famine is the new exhibition of the Special Collections of Wageningen University & Research - Library. It focuses on the last winter of World War II in the Netherlands, when 20.000 people died of starvation.

The Faces of Groesbeek

In the context of "75 years of freedom", the Faces to Graves foundation is organizing the event ‘The Faces of Groesbeek’ at the Canadian War Cemetery on the Zevenheuvelenweg in Groesbeek.

76th anniversary of D-Day

In 2020 they are asking the nation to remember the impact that leaving, missing and, returning home has on service men and women and their loved ones – then and now.

75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE 75)

A special programme of events marking VE 75 will take place over the Early May Bank Holiday 2020 in Central London and has been designed to be of particular interest to all from the Second World War generation who served at home and overseas across the European theatre.

Signs of freedom

To commemorate 75 years of freedom, the Limburgs Museum and Museum van Bommel van Dam present ‘Signs of freedom’, an exhibition featuring poignant works by artists and filmmakers inspired by the liberation of 1945.

Great Women during the War: 1939-1945

During the Second World War, women experienced anxiety, fear, worry and loss, while holding on to hope. They contributed to the war effort by working and by drawing upon their energy and skills to seize new opportunities, and to successfully take on new responsibilities — often receiving little recognition in return.

Alderney Under the German Occupation

Learn about WWII and Alderney (one of Guernsey's sister Islands just over an hour away) under the German Occupation during a two mile long walk.

Occupied Islands – True Stories (Guernsey)

Real people, real stories. Go on a guided walk with an Accredited Guide in Guernsey as they bring personal stories from the German Occupation of WWII to life.

Maple Leaves and Tulips: 75 Years, Then & Now

In honour of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe the Juno Beach Centre presents the temporary exhibit “Maple Leaves and Tulips: 75 Years, Then & Now”.

The commemorations of May 8, 1945

The largest gathering in Normandy immerses you in the history of th 39/45 war with various camps, vintage vehicles and more than 400 soldiers in uniform.

Temporary museum “Rheden during the war “

In the centre of Velp, there is a temporary museum with the theme ‘Rheden during the war’. There are different stories, objects, videos and memories displayed of the seven villages that belong to the municipality.

Memorial Bicycle tour

8-day Memorial Bicycle Tour is organised in the Apeldoorn area to commemorate war victims.

The sound of freedom

Konrad Koselleck Big Band with Vincent Bijlo & Ellen ten Damme

The forgotten execution – Audiotour

Wednesday, September 20, 1944. While the Battle of Arnhem is in full swing, in Sonsbeek Park four men are standing in front of a German firing squad. During the free audio tour 'The Forgotten Execution' you walk through park Sonsbeek to the place of the execution.

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Canadian and Dutch musicians tour the country and visit different concert venues.

Vrijheidsfestival Ede 2020

For the fourth consecutive time, Akoesticum is organizing the Vrijheidsfestival in Ede in collaboration with the municipality of Ede and Platform Militaire Historie Ede.

Antwerp X

The exhibition 'Antwerp X' shows the terror of the V1 and V2 flying bombs in Antwerp.

Immersive Experience 1944 Mons

From 31 August, the Mons Memorial Museum will host a new temporary immersive experience. Using the latest technology, go back in time and step into the shoes of an American soldier, a German soldier, a resistance fighter or a Mons civilian to understand and feel the spirit of 1944. Have a 360° experience, fully immersed in history!

The Faces of Margraten

Meet the U.S. soldiers buried in the American Cemetery in Margraten, when their photos are posted next to their headstones during The Faces of Margraten tribute.

Dodenherdenking – Harskamp

On the 4th of May we commemorate the Dutch victims of the Second World War and all war situations and peace missions since then.

Commemoration Asakkerweg Ede

On the 4th of May we commemorate the Dutch victims of the Second World War and all war situations and peace missions since then.

Commemoration – Wekerom

On the 4th of May we commemorate the Dutch victims of the Second World War and all war situations and peace missions since then.

Dodenherdenking – Ede

On the 4th of May we commemorate the Dutch victims of the Second World War and all war situations and peace missions since then.

Commemoration – Bennekom

On the 4th of May we commemorate the Dutch victims of the Second World War and all war situations and peace missions since then.

Commemoration – Lunteren

On the 4th of May we commemorate the Dutch victims of the Second World War and all war situations and peace missions since then.

Commemoration- Ederveen

On the 4th of May we commemorate the Dutch victims of the Second World War and all war situations and peace missions since then.

Commemoration – Otterlo

On the 4th of May we commemorate the Dutch victims of the Second World War and all war situations and peace missions since then.

Freedom festival Ede

Have a look at the exhibition, take part in the educational program with the whole family or end the afternoon with the special "Tour of Freedom" veteran concert.

Commemoration at the liberation monument

On April 17th 1945 Ede was liberated by the Polar Bears Division. On Saturday April 18th we commemorate the liberation and those fallen in the final battles, at the liberation monument.

Airborne Landings and Commemoration

On this day, we remember the value of our freedom and of peace. Visit the Airborne Market or participate in one of the many activities for young and old at this free event.

Commemoration – De Valk

On the 4th of May we commemorate the Dutch victims of the Second World War and all war situations and peace missions since then. Join us at the Commemoration monument in de Valk. A councilor of gemeente Ede will be present.

Dilemma Maze

The Dilemma Maze consists of white crosses that refer to the 'field of honour', the cemetery for fallen soldiers from the Second World War. The choice that visitors make at each intersection in the maze determines the continuation of the story and thus the way through the maze.

Utah Beach, then and now

Through old pictures and recent ones, visitors will be brought back at the time of D-Day on Utah Beach and Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. This temporary exhibition will be presented from June 2019 until November 2020.

Airborne Air Landings and Commemoration Ginkel Heath

As during the Operation Market Garden in 1944, around 2000 paratroopers will be dropped out of planes above the Ginkelse Heide. The brave men who fought for freedom 16 years ago will be commemorated during the Airborne Air Landings and Commemoration on the 19th of September.

Back to Westerbork

Terug naar Westerbork (Back to Westerbork) wants to contribute to the focus on 75 years of peace and freedom in the Netherlands and Germany in 2020. We want to reach youth through education and sports, so that they can pass the message of peace and freedom on to future generations. That is why we organise an educative bicycle tour, two seminars (1 in the Netherlands and 1 in Germany) and an educational program for students.

Havendagen Tholen

Havendagen is a weekend of local celebration organised every two years in Tholen, in the southwest Netherlands. In 2020, the event will be dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the liberation.

Canadian Liberation Festival Apeldoorn

Every fifth year as of 1985 the “Stichting Bevrijding ‘45” has organised a Parade with Canadian Veterans and Veterans from other allied forces on the Loolaan and Kerklaan in Apeldoorn. For 2020, the foundation has largely completed the program of the festival.