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  • 21 September 2013

    For the 69th time, Polish Square (Polenplein) in Driel hosted commemoration of Polish soldiers of the 1st Independent Parachute Brigade bravery in the Battle of Arnhem.

    Before the official part of the ceremony, Ambassador Borkowski laid flowers at the last resting place of Cora Baltussen, who established Polen-Driel Foundation and for many years was its president.


    In commemoration taking place before the Surge Polonia and general Sosabowski monuments in the Polish Square in Driel their tribute paid the veterans, mayor of Overbetuwe municipality, marshal of Lubelskie voivodship  Mr. Krzysztof Herman, Ambassadors of Poland and Great Britain dr Jan Borkowski and Sir Geoffrey Adams, Defence Attaches of United States, Canada, Great Britain and Poland, inhabitants of Driel and surrounding villages and representatives of Polish community in the Netherlands and Germany.


    Also the commander and representation of the 6th Airborne Brigade that continues the traditions of the General Stanisław Sosabowski’s 1st Independent Airborne Brigade and whose banner was decorated with the Dutch medal - Willems-Orde were present.


    After the wreath laying ceremony, combatants and guests took part in the holy mass conducted both in Polish and Dutch in the Blessed Virgin Mary church. After the service, veterans and other guests were invited to a diner funded by the Polish Embassy in The Hague.  


    Children’s band Promyki Krakowa together with Children’s Choir of Driel enriched the celebrations with their music. The commemoration was prepared by the Driel-Polen Foundation. 

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