English information

On Saturday, 16 September 2017, the Airborne landings on Ginkel Heath in Ede will be commemorated for the 73rd time. These landings were part of the unsuccessful Battle of Arnhem, also known as “A bridge too far”.

Update 3.58 pm: Wings Exchange

The para's who have jumped today are gathering to recieve their Wing during the Wings Exchange.

Between 3.35 and 4.00 pm the Dakota will come over again.

After 4 pm there will be the Wing Exchange, with the para's who have jumped.

Important parking information

 It is impossible to park on the area next to the dropzone on the heath. Parking is only possible on the MOB complex, due to mud. The route is indicated from A30 and N304.

Discover the past during this commemoration

Almost 1,000 parachute troopers will jump onto Ginkel Heath on Saturday, 16 September. The commemoration will begin at 11:15 a.m. at the Airborne monument. There will be a moving ceremony with an impeccable 1-minute silence. Thousands of spectators from home and abroad will hold their breath and commemorate the events of 1944 together with veterans of the past and present. The commemoration will end with the beautiful Highland Cathedral, played by a Massed Pipes and Drums Band.

25th anniversary of the 11th Luchtmobiele Brigade (Air Assault)

This year, the Airborne commemoration and airborne landings will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the 11th Luchtmobiele Brigade (Air Assault), or 11LMB. Specifically for this anniversary there will be an impressive performance in the afternoon by the regiment fanfare band “Garde Grenadiers en Jagers” with a DJ.

Helicopters and special aeroplanes

The Airborne programme will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will be a lot for both young and old to see, experience and do. Alongside the traditional parachute drop, there will be a spectacular helicopter demonstration in the morning and afternoon, and special aeroplanes such as the Dakota and Spitfire will be on show.

Airborne public square

There will be an Airborne market again on the public square. This market will feature numerous stalls where you can see and buy all kinds of items and military objects, such as historical books, caps and English gadgets. You can also do a physical workout on the 11LMB climbing tower. Sgt Wilson’s Air Force Show will offer musical entertainment appropriate to the Airborne ambience.

Ginkel Heath Experience (GHE) #airborne_2017

This year, the GHE will once again offer great (children’s) activities, such as face painting, making glitter tattoos or keyrings and creating 3D pen drawings, as well as various military demonstrations.
And you can bring Airborne to life with your Instagram photos after you have attended the workshop taught by Instagram guru Wesley Glasmacher. Of course, there will also be music at the GHE, provided by the Zingende Kapsters.

Military vehicles

Airborne Battle Wheels (ABW) and Keep Them Rolling (KTR) will be stationed next to the drop zone with historical military vehicles. KTR will have around 100 vehicles. ABW is more of a living history group; there will be soldiers in uniforms from 1944 on show in more than 50 vehicles.

Wings Exchange Ceremony

Airborne Ede will close at 4:00 p.m. with a special ceremony. On this unique piece of historical land, where so many young men lost their lives in 1944, all the young parachute troopers will receive their wings.