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Airborne March in Holland

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Cadets and staff from 413 Aldershot, 457 Farnborough and 2407 Yateley Squadrons joined over 170 Air cadets from across the UK to take part in the Airborne 'Wandeltocht' March at Oosterbeek near Arnhem in Holland on the weekend of 4th to 7th of September 2014.

The march has been held annually since 1947 and is now the largest one day march in Europe with over 33,000 participants. The purpose of the march is to commemorate the liberation of the Dutch people and Operation Market Garden, the battle for Arnhem and Oosterbeek in September 1944. The Dutch people refer to it as their 'Liberation Day March'.

The cadets and staff marched 10 or 15 kilometres according to there choice. Each participant received a commemorative medallion to mark their success. The officer commanding 413 Sqn ATC, Flight Lieutenant Maurice Clark said, "I'm really pleased with our youngsters, they did really well and the Dutch people were so pleased to see cadets from the UK on the march. We all had a great time and want to go back next year."

The cadets stayed in Dutch Army Barracks near Arnhem. The cadets also had a guided battle field tour and visited the airborne forces Military Cemetery at Oosterbeek.

Cadets from Aldershot have been taking part in this march for 17 years and plan to keep doing so for the foreseeable future. They were joined by cadet units from other parts of the Hampshire and the UK. Further information about the March can be found at www.airbornewandeltocht.nl/home/