May2015

Liberation Parade Wageningen 5 May 2015

On 5 May 2015 the annual Liberation Parade was held in Wageningen. It was 70 years ago that the German capitulation, and therefore peace in the Netherlands, was signed in Hotel 'de Wereld'. Many foreign veterans attended this event for the 70th commemoration. It is likely that this will be the last time that such a large number of World War Two veterans come over to the Netherlands.

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May2015

160 British veterans at the Airborne Museum

In the period from 3 till 5 May 2015 160 British veterans have a trip to the Netherlands to commemorate that this country was liberated 70 years ago. The veterans travel in London taxis. This morning they arrived at Hook of Holland. After lunch at Bronbeek they were hosted at the Airborne museum at Oosterbeek. Despite the rain many people attended this event. For some there was an opportunity for a meet & greet meeting with a couple of the veterans.

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Feb2015

Photospecial In the footsteps of the 82nd Airborne Division 2015

Two years ago we already were present also; In the footsteps of the 82nd Airborne Division is a yearly organized march referring to the battles of the 82nd Airborne Division in the Ardennes. This year the locations that were visited, were related to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The start and finish were in La Gleize, world famous for its enormous Tiger II Tank. Your reporter left the Netherlands on Friday, in order to drive in two days from the German border in a westerly direction via La Gleize to the farthest point of the German advances during the Ardennes offensive, near Dinant.

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Feb2015

Recipient Military Order of William Van den Hoek (93) passed away

Ridder Militaire Willems-Orde Cornelis Pieter van den Hoek past away in Werkendam, last Thursday at the age of 93. The resistance fighter received the highest Dutch decoration of bravery for his heroic deeds during the Second World War in the Netherlands.

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Dec2014

Photo Report Nationaal Militair Museum

On 13 December 2014 the Nationaal Militair Museum was first open to the public. Since then the museum has been a popular attraction . Your STIWOT reporter visited this unique building on Monday 22 December. Here is his photo report.

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Nov2014

Interment of ashes of Joseph (‘Joe’) Reginald Roberts

On Friday 28 November 2014 was the internment of ashes of Joseph (‘Joe’) Reginald Robertsat the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. Joe died on 20 June 2014 in England at the age of 91 :

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Nov2014

Israeli Ambassador visits Nieuwlande (Dutch)

NIEUWLANDE - De ambassadeur van Israël, Haim Divon, heeft vanmiddag een bezoek gebracht aan Nieuwlande. Hij betuigde daar de eer aan het dorp, dat als één van slechts twee plaatsen in de wereld de prestigieuze Yad Vashem-medaille heeft gekregen. Die onderscheiding wordt uitgereikt door de staat Israël aan niet-joden die tijdens de oorlog hulp aan joden hebben gegeven.

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Oct2014

Bastogne Historic Walk 2014 on the 13th of December, 2014

The 37th Bastogne Historic Walk will take place on Saturday the 13th of December, 2014. The route of the march will lead you through the southern sector around Senonchamps, Villeroux and Assenois. Hikers may choose from a distance of 8, 12 or 20 kilometers (approximately 5, 7.5 or 12.5 miles). Registration for a fee of € 6.00 from 07:00 till 09:30 AM and departure from 08:00 from the Sports Center in Bastogne.

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Oct2014

The Juno Letters

Monday, 6 October 2014. I am in Normandy on a STIWOT Battlefield Tour. I am on Juno Beach on this wet and stormy morning. My interest in the Canadians in Normandy is known for years with my STIWOT colleagues. I read and write articles about it. Today my colleague tells about the actions on the beach, stories I have known for years. I take advantage of the moment to walk over the beach alone. All by myself, with only the sound of the surf. However one can never really be alone on that beach. The film in the Juno Beach Center later that day will confirm this. The title: They walk with you. I know the stories, the names, the faces... On the beach tears fill my eyes.

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Sep2014

Thank you Mr Veteran event

On Sunday afternoon 21 September 2014 a large music and dance party was held in front of the Airborne Museum at Oosterbeek to thank the veterans of the Battle of Arnhem Thank you Mr Veteran.

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Sep2014

DZ X Renkum, 19 September 2014

On Friday 19 September 2014 there was a lot going on at former Drop zone X along the Telefoonweg at Renkum. There were a lot of re-enactors and there was a commemorative service at 1:00 PM.

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Sep2014

Rhine crossing 18 September 2014

On Thursday afternoon 18 September the Rhine Crossing of September 1944 was re-enacted. The event had been organised by the Liberation Task Force in coöperation with the Koninklijke Landmacht (Royal Dutch Army).

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Sep2014

Service Airborne cemetery Oosterbeek

On Sunday 21 September 2014 the annual service at the Airborne cemetery at Oosterbeek took place. For the majority of the veterans, this is the most important event in the commemoration weekend.

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Sep2014

Commemoration Ginkel Heath

On saturday 20 September 2014 the annual commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem on Ginkel Heath was being held. This is the Drop Zone where the 4th para brigade landed on 18 September 1944.

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Sep2014

Photo report Wolfheze 17 September 2014

There was a lot going on today in Wolfheze. The Glider Collection Museum was open, there were vintage vehicles and, last but not least, para drops.

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Sep2014

Commemoration Airborne Memorial Oosterbeek

It has become a tradition that a commemoration is held at the airborne memorial in Oosterbeek on the wednesday morning prior to the airborne weekend.

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Sep2014

Photo report start Market Garden Commemorations 2014

Monday the 15th of September at 9:00AM the commemorations of the Battle of Arnhem 2014 started in de province of Gelderland. At that time 70th commemoration flags were hoisted by the King's commissioner mr. Cornielje and mayor of Arnhem mr. Kaiser.

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Sep2014

Open Air exhibition ‘Airborne in Ede’

Since early September the lawn outside the town hall in Ede is the venue for an open air museum.

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Sep2014

Excavation Halifax DT795

RAF Handley Page Halifax DT795 crashed at Wapenveld (Netherlands) on the 3rd of April 1943. The seven crew members perished. On 8 September 2014 the excavation of the aircraft has started.

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Sep2014

68th Airborne March

The Airborne March is the largest one-day march in the world. This commemorative march is held every year on the first Saturday in September to memorialize the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. The Airborne March is an hommage to the more than 1.750 British and Polish soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Anhem and who are buried on the Airborne Cemetery at Oosterbeek. From the beginning the nett revenues of the Airborne March are used to enable veterans and next of kin with poor means, to come over to The Netherlands and attend the annual Airborne-commemorations in and around Arnhem. As of 2011 other charities are supported, provided that they are in accordance with the ideology of the Airborne March and comply with the policy's rules and regulations.

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Jul2014

Knight of the Military Order of William Hoeben (94) deceased (Dutch)

In zijn geboorteplaats, het Limburgse Stramproy, is donderdag op 94-jarige leeftijd overleden A. Hoeben, ridder Militaire Willems-Orde (MWO). De oud-marinier ontving de hoogste Nederlandse dapperheidsonderscheiding voor zijn heldendaden tijdens de politionele acties in Nederlands-Indië.

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May2014

Memorial Service Glider Pilot Regiment

On 13 May 2014 there was the annual short memorial service for the Glider Pilot Regiment and Army Air Corps at het memorial for the Glider Pilot Regiment 'the Renkum Stone' in the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, England. Two veterans of the GPR were attending.

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May2014

Liberation Day Wageningen 5 May 2014

On 5 May the Netherlands celebrate Liberation Day. Wageningen is the place to be. There are a lot of pop concerts. Wageningen is unique because of the annual march of veterans. In 1945 peace with the Germans was signed in Hotel ‘De Wereld’ in Wageningen, so it’s a logical place for such an event. Special guest this year were 160 British veterans of World War Two. The came over to the Netherlands with 80 London taxi’s to join the annual 4&5 May events.

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