The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem

In September, it will be 75 years ago that the Battle of Arnhem took place. The Battle of Arnhem changed the course of the Second World War and the lives of thousands of soldiers, as well as some 95,000 people from Arnhem itself. In September, we will commemorate this so that we do not forget and also to make a connection with the present. Because, even in 2019, peace, security and freedom cannot be taken for granted.

Activities around the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem

Residents, business people, and cultural institutions, as well as many other organisations and the city of Arnhem, have put together a diverse programme focussed on commemorating the Battle of Arnhem.

In addition to the city of Arnhem, the other Airborne municipalities of Ede, Overbetuwe and Renkum, which are also involved in the commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem, have organised a number of activities. All the activities for residents of and visitors to the Airborne region can be found on the Airborne Region Foundation website. These are not only taking place during the commemoration in September, but also throughout the year. There is also an overview of the events in the Airborne region on europeremembers.com.

Airborne Commemoration Arnhem 2019

The official commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem will take place on Friday 20 September. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem. During the official commemoration on 20 September 2019, we will commemorate - together with the veterans - the sacrifices made in Arnhem for freedom in the Netherlands and Europe. We will also commemorate the victims, the large-scale evacuation, and the reconstruction of a destroyed city.

Programme - 20 September 2019

As this year is a special anniversary year, a commemoration event for special guests will take place on Friday 20 September at 18:15 hrs in the Eusebius Church. After the event, there will be a silent march from the Eusebius Church to the Airborneplein. The ceremony, including wreath laying, starts at 19:15 hrs on Airborneplein. At 20:00 hrs the veterans and guests will depart for the Rijnkade at the John Frost bridge. As they pass along the route, the veterans will also be honoured. At 20:30 hrs Bridge to Liberation, a spectacular experience with dance, music and fireworks, and in which personal stories about the impact of war and the value of freedom are central, starts at the John Frost Bridge.

In brief

18:15 hrs Commemoration event in the Eusebius Church for special invitees
18:45 hrs Silent march from the Eusebius Church to the Airborneplein
19:15 hrs Commemoration ceremony and wreath laying at the Airborneplein
20:00 hrs Depart for Rijnkade
20:30 hrs Start of Bridge to Liberation Experience

More information

More information about the program for September 20 will be available in the coming months on this website or via our event page on Facebook.

Commemoration of the evacuation

On 24 September, at the Evacuation Arnhem memorial at the beginning of the Apeldoornsestraat/Jansbuitensingel, the forced evacuation of 150,000 residents of Arnhem and the surrounding area will be commemorated. The evacuees often did not know where or how they would be taken care of and, after the evacuation, their houses were looted.