Airborne Commemoration in Arnhem-West again in September.

On Friday 16 September 2022 at 15.00 hours, at the monument “Remember September 1944”, on the Nassauplein in the Lombok district of Arnhem, the annual Airborne commemoration will take place again.
The last two years, because of the Covid-measures, there was only a small limited commemoration possible, but this year there will be a public commemoration again.

Photo: Peter Jetten.

During this commemoration all British soldiers and also civilians from Arnhem, who fell during the Battle of Arnhem, in the area between the railway yards of the Arnhem train station, in the Lombok district and on and around the Utrechtseweg and Onderlangs are commemorated or died during the fighting.

This commemoration is an initiative of the Airborne Commemoration Committee Arnhem-West. This committee is a co-operation between the Neighbourhood Organization Arnhem-West (Lombok), the West Arnhem Music Society and the Montessori College Arnhem. This educational institution, located on the Utrechtseweg, has also officially adopted the monument.

An important role during the commemoration will be played by the students of the Montessori College Arnhem. After all, it is they who must keep alive the memory of the sacrifices made by the allied soldiers in September 1944. So almost literally: “Remember September 1944”. Besides the Montessori students and the residents and representatives of Arnhem-West (Lombok), British and Dutch veteran and Airborne related organisations will participate in the commemoration. The commemoration will be concluded with a flypast by historical military aircraft of the Royal Air Force Historical Flight Foundation.

Time of commemoration: Friday 16 September 2022, from 15.00 to 16.00 hrs.
Location: Airborne-monument Nassau Square Arnhem (Lombok).

Sad news from The Arnhem 1944 Fellowship by it’s Honorary Secretary John Gerring,

I regret to advise you of the passing of Luis DiMarco, Signals Platoon, HQ Coy, 1st Parachute Battalion at Arnhem. Luis was personal signalman to Lt Colonel Dobie and got as far as the Onderlangs (the lower road) with the 1st Battalion on their push towards the Arnhem road bridge. Luis eventually made his way back into the perimeter and crossed the Rhine in Operation Berlin.

Luis has been a regular attendee at the September commemorations for many years and will be greatly missed. Luis passed away peacefully on Wednesday 5th May aged 98.  Our thoughts are with his family.

May he Rest in Peace.

Luis DiMarco
Picture of Luis DiMarco Copyright Arjan Vrieze

Les Fuller died at the age of 99

Les was a member of HQ Company of the 3rd Parachute Battalion and was wounded on the Onderlangs in Arnhem on the 19th September 1944 and taken prisoner when wounded. He was 99 years old.

Lesley Fuller has died
Photo courtesy Arjan Vrieze

Our thoughts are with his familie and may he Rest In Peace

Monument “Remember September 1944” now has a QR-code.

The war memorial “Remember September 1944” on Nassau square in Arnhem (Lombok) has been provided with a so-called QR code. The sign with a special digital code is attached to the fence at the front of the famous monument. Using a telephone, the QR code can be scanned to contact the website of the Airborne Commemoration Arnhem-West, where extensive information can be found about the monument and the annual Airborne commemoration in September. A lot of information can also be found about the events in the Lombok district and the area around Utrechtseweg during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944.

The QR code near the monument on the Nassauplein

Each year on the Friday afternoon of the Airborne weekend, a commemoration takes place at the monument “Remember September 1944”, in memory of the fallen British soldiers and the Arnhem civilian victims in the district. This commemoration is an initiative of the Committee Airborne Commemoration Arnhem-West.