70th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden and the battle of Arnhem - September 2014
King to attend commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden in Driel
On Saturday 20 September, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will attend a ceremony in Driel commemorating the 70th anniversary of the contribution of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade to the Battle of Arnhem. President Bronisław Komorowski of Poland and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will also be present and will deliver speeches during the service.
Thursday 18 September 2014
13.30 hrs opening Informationcentre in R.C. church, Kerkstraat 27, Driel
15.30 hrs crossing Rhine by small boats near ferry Driel / Oosterbeek by Liberation Task Force in close cooperation with Dutch Royal Land forces
20.00 hrs concert by Promyki Cracowa together with several choirs from Driel ( Cantorije, Impuls and Enjoy). It is 20 years ago that Promyki Cracowa started to be present during and contributing to the commemoration in Driel.
Friday 19 September 2014
During the morning schools of Driel will visit the basecamp of the Liberation Task Force near ferry in Driel
Saturday 20 September 2014
13.30 hrs dropping Parachutists near Boltweg, Driel
15.00 hrs commemoration and wreathlaying Polenplein. Please be seated latest 14.45hrs sharp.
Following the commemoration you are invited for a reception in social centre Oldenburg, Driel
17.45 hrs Polish Service in R.C. church in Driel
For more information: Driel-Poland Information Centre
The role of the 1st (Polish) Independent Parachute Brigade under the command of Maj. Gen. Stanisław Sosabowski, is discusssed the English language documentary A Debt of Dishonour produced by the Polish Heritage Society UK. This unique documentary is dedicated Major General Sosabowski and all ranks who served in the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group and to their Comrades-in-Arms of the 1st British Airborne Division that fought in the ill-fated “Operation Market Garden” at Arnhem and Driel during September 1944.
A Polish voice-over of the documentary is presented below:
5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Polish War Memorial held at the NMA on 30th August 2014 at 2 PM in Alrewas.