Airborne 2021 (English)
This year we commemorate 77 years of Operation Market Garden. From now on, September will be Airborne month in Ede. With three major remembrance events, that we connect through Cultural and Educational ‘Dropzones’ throughout the city. This is how we share the unique story of the 1944 Airborne Landings in Ede: Airborne, on the way to Freedom!
Whether and which COVID measures should be taken by then is unknown to us at this moment in time. Hopefully it will be one of the first opportunities to visit events in our region again. A selection the activities will be taking place online and should not be affected by any COVID measures. Follow our social media accounts and this website for updates on the events.
The three events are:
- The Heideweek Airborne Evening with the Orkest Koninklijke Luchtmacht on the last Friday in the Heideweek for local veterans and residents of Ede (August 27th)
- The Airborne Landings and Commemoration at the Ginkel Heath for veterans, residents and (inter) national guests. (September 18th)
- The Pegasus Walking Festival at Akoesticum with three different routes, with the story being retold along the way. (September 25th)
These three memorial events are linked by Cultural and Educational Dropzones. Such as a movie week, local theater, (outdoor) exhibitions, lectures, a booklet for children and the school day at the Ginkel Heath for local primary school students.
Anyone interested in buying the local Airborne Ede flag or the Airborne regiments flag can visit www.airborneherdenking.nl. The municipality of Ede has donated flags to the local schools, elderly homes and museums in honor of our veterans. We will always remember them.
During the annual Airborne commemoration, we honor the heroes of Operation Market Garden on the Ginkel Heath together with veterans, guests and visitors. The commemoration goes hand in hand with the para drops of 11 Air Brigade and a visitors program for young and old. Together we commemorate, remember and experience the past. Whether that is on the Ginkel Heath or from home by watching the live broadcast on television or social media.
There will be a limited amount of visitors allowed on and around the Ginkel Heath on Saturday 18 September this year. Visitors must therefore register for a free ticket. Here you can find all the information about the Airborne Landings and Commemoration and how to register for a free ticket.