On September 21st 1946, a sober monument commemorating the events of two years earlier was unveiled. A new memorial to the Polish Parachute Brigade was erected 15 years later. Sculptor Jan Vlasblom designed a modern sculpture of 'youth holding on to freedom like a precious jewel'. The stone above it is like a parachute. On the pedestal ‘Surge Polonia’ (Poland will rise) was placed. The efforts of the Poles are commemorated every year here.
The first version of the monument erected by the Driel people in honour of the Poles. © Stichting Driel Polen
The present monument was erected in 1961. This is a photo from that time, still surrounded by greenery and in the background the parish house can be recognized. © Stichting Driel Polen
A total of 97 Polish soldiers were killed at Driel and Oosterbeek in 1944. The plaque now lists 93 names. The plan is to replace the plaque for a version with all 97 names. © Stichting Driel Polen
The Sosabowksi memorial unveiled in 2006 at the monument in Driel. © REST FOTO HERDENKING DRIEL 2014
2014: Veterans in conversation with King Willem-Alexander and Polish President Komorowski (behind the King) and Chairman of the Driel Poland Foundation Mr Baltussen (l). © DSC_1865