Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wing Air Cadets
Airborne ‘Wandeltocht’ March
Cadets from 413 Aldershot, 2407 Yateley and 2412 Borden Sqns took part in the Airborne ‘Wandeltocht’ March at Oosterbeek near Arnhem in Holland on the weekend of 4 to 6 September 2011.
The March has been held every year since 1947 and is now the largest one day march in Europe with over 32,000 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 distances of 10, 15 or 25 kilometres according to their ability. Each received a commemorative medallion to mark their success.
The trip was organised by Warrant Officer Tony Waller of Aldershot Air Cadets. The cadets stayed in Dutch Army Barracks near Arnhem.
In addition to the March the cadets also had a battlefield tour and visited the airborne forces Military Cemetery at Oosterbeek where they laid a wreath in memory of those soldiers that never came home.
Cadets from Aldershot have been taking part in this march for 15 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/
For more information please contact Flt Lt Maurice Clark on 01276 66861 or 07776 302376.
Story submitted by Flt Lt M Clark on behalf of
413 (Aldershot) Squadron
Published to website 19 Sep 2011
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