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.
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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