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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May2014

Fly-by's BBMF Lancaster

On May 4, 2014 the Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight made several fly-by's over war memorials in the Netherlands. Your reporter was in the back garden of the Airborne Museum 'Hartenstein' at Oosterbeek where the RAF Memorial is.

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Apr2014

Harmelen wants to honor resistance fighter

HARMELEN - A street in Harmelen has to be named after Resistance fighter Cor van Bemmel. Several political fractions in the community council of Woerd support this initiative. However the community officials have not yet taken over this initiative.

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Mar2014

Opening Bastogne War Museum

Tomorrow the completely renewed Bastogne War Museum will open its doors again. The museum is probably better known under its former name: Bastogne Historical Center. Closed since 2011, the museum was originally planned to reopen already in 2013; amongst others this was finally postponed by a fire until March 22nd, 2014. So tomorrow. Your reporter already went to have a preview at the press conference and in the museum. It became soon rather crowded, a lot of press had been attracted. The roads to the museum and the next door Mardasson were completely barred. Even the museum itself was checked for explosives with a tracking dog...

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Feb2014

R.I.P - Kees Jan Koster (1964-2014)

Unfortunately today we received the message that Kees Jan Koster passed away. His illness already prevented him to do the things he liked to do the most. Kees Jan was a long time volunteer with STIWOT, primarilly with the WW2Awards.com project. During meetings and conventions he always managed to inspire others by his good spirit. Besides a fine volunteer we most of all loose a friend. Many of us have known him personally and his work for us will never be forgotten.

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Dec2013

Thanks for 2013 and best wishes for 2014

With this notice, we would like to thank any of you that made a contribution to the website WW2Awards.com. Without all the contributions, it would not have been possible to achieve the results we have had so far.

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Dec2013

Photo coverage Parade Bastogne 2013

On Sunday December 15th, 2013, again it was the opportunity for the annual parade through the center of Bastogne. After the 'Bastogne Historical Walk', Recogne and Clervaux you will find here the fourth and our most recent report of our Bastogne week end. Of course we were here last year as well, for those who want to look for the differences.

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Dec2013

Photo coverage of "The First Hit" 2013

As we were still looking in vain for the re-enactors in Clervaux on Saturday, we found them in masses on Sunday 15 December, 2013, after our visit to Recogne. The event of The First Hit played in Clervaux where the German armored troops, on their way amongst others to Bastogne, ran into the 28th Bloody Bucket Infantry Division. Around the castle many re-enactors were spotted. Many Dutchmen also, so your reporter had enough fun. Many questions about whether we were STIWOT and, we see you everywhere, originating from the fact that coincidentally we were also at Eerde.

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Dec2013

Photo coverage of the Battle for Recogne 2013

Just like last year also this year a re-enactment event took place in the area of Recogne and Cobru. On Sunday morning December 15th, 2013, at 08:30 the laying of a wreath ought to take place at the monument at the former American war cemetery. Ought to is the key word here. When your reporter presented himself at 08:15 nobody was present and no one else was to be seen, worse: even at 09:00 still nobody…

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