In September 1944, during Operation Market Garden, some 2,000 Allied airborne troops parachuted onto Ginkel Heath. They would attempt to capture the bridges at Arnhem. It proved to be a bridge too far... This day is commemorated and relived in a re-enactment of the airborne forces landing in Ede annually in September.
To commemorate 75 years of liberation in 2020, a landmark has been installed at this historical location. Vensters op het Verleden (Views of the Past), designed by Karin Colen, tells the tale in images and words.
The work is a steel construction that stands six metres tall. The windows depict what happened on Ginkel Heath in 1944. The parachutist in the centre panel is life-sized. In the background, manpower and equipment are being dropped from the sky.
Information about Operation Market Garden in Dutch and English is provided on the base of the landmark. The landmark is included in hiking and cycling routes currently under development. These routes will travel to historic locations with unique war stories in Ede.
Experiencing and reliving war stories
The landmark is a starting point for visitors who wish to learn about Ede’s wartime history. Routes for cycling and walking are being developed which will guide you along memorable places marking stories of the era.
Near the landmark itself, Wijde Veldweg, Ede (limited space available) or at Natuurcentrum Veluwe, Groot Ginkelseweg 21, Ede.