#Commemoration - The Netherlands

Airborne Memorial Service



Every year during the Airborne Memorial Service we remember the Men of the British 1st Airborne Division Royal Air Force, 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade and other Allied Forces who fought for freedom, have been wounded or taken prisoner of war and those who gave their lives at Arnhem, Driel, Ede and Oosterbeek in 1944.

Thousands come together every year at the Arnhem-Oosterbeek War Cemetery in Oosterbeek for the Airborne Memorial Service. 

The first remembrance service took place in 1945 and was designed by the Commander of the 1st Airborne Division, Major General R.E. Urquhart, together with acting Mayor of Renkum, mr. J. ter Horst, ds. Ph. Bergkotte and Father R.F. Dijker. 

Since that first remembrance service the order of service has not been changed. Nor has the participation of the schoolchildren. Since 1945 they lay flowers on the grave during the service. This always makes a big impression on those present.

The Airborne Memorial Service is a public service and open to anyone to attend. 

Van Limburg Stirumweg 28, 6861 WL Oosterbeek, The Netherlands

Organiser: Airborne Region

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