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The Netherlands Liberated in 1944/1945

Next Crown Year 2019/2020


4 April 2015: Unveiling monument Fallen Allies Haaksbergen

Reason for this commemoration can be read in the book “onder de vliegroute” written by Han Brummelman. This book describes the war and the air protection during WW2 in Haaksbergen. The main story tells about the crashing of about 20 planes, bombers as well as fighters, which implied many pilots were killed and buried in Haaksbergen. At this unveiling not only RCL005 was present with its Colour Party, but also the (Branch)Flag Bearer of the Royal British Legion was adopted in this Colour Party. The Royal Dutch Air Force attended with the Guard of Honour consisting of officers of the military group op the Air Force Reserve.

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The monument was unveiled at the market place and will be trans-located to the cemetery of Haaksbergen near the graves of the deceased allied airmen later on. The market place was covered with a huge unfolded parachute, under which invitees had taken their places.
After a short march through the centre of Haaksbergen the Colour Party arrived at the market square, musically supported by the Band of Liberation. They took their places in front of the church. The Guard of Honour was set up on both sides of the monument, a marble plaque with the names of all the fallen engraved in it. It was a solemn unveiling and  venerable commemoration during which speeches were held for instance by the mayor of Haaksbergen. Following the ceremony on the market square the family and many of the attendees moved to the cemetery of Haaksbergen for a defile past the graves and bring flowers to their deceased family or relatives. A beautiful and intimate moment in remembrance.

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