Airborne 2020 (English)

Last year in Ede we commemorated the 75th Airborne on the Ginkel Heath. With 100,000+ visitors, the turnout that day was enormous. We are still grateful for everyone's attendance. The Airborne landings and commemoration were made extra special by the royal visit of HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH Princess Beatrix. In addition, there were about 20 Market Garden veterans present as guest of honor, to pay tribute to their comrades who served in 1944.

This year we are commemorating 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands, though in an adapted form due to the corona pandemic. The commemoration on the Ginkel Heath will take place in a closed setting and by invitation only. Unfortunately, it is not available for visitors. The air drops and the public program are also canceled. Our Polish and British veterans, flag bearers and relatives will not be present this year, they will be missed.

It is possible to follow the commemoration live via www.omroepgelderland.nl on Saturday September 19 around 11:00h (AMS time). If you would like to follow the YouTube transmission and add the automatic translation, we suggest you follow the live stream.

Though the traditional Airborne commemoration and events may be canceled, we have worked hard on an alternative program. There are several (outdoor) exhibitions, a booklet was made for the children of the local secondary schools. And we ask all residents to commemorate the Battle of the Ginkel Heath and Operation Market Garden from home by raising the Airborne flag. Most of the program elements are located in the municipality of Ede, which makes it difficult for our international visitors to attend. Below you will find a short description of the alternative program.

Follow our Facebook page for updates. Due to the corona measures some parts of the current program and (broadcast of the) commemoration may be subject to change.