Crowds honor the memory of those who fought in Operation Market Garden

September 21-23 — Despite heavy rains, thousands showed up to pay their respects this weekend at events in honor of Operation Market Garden.  On Friday, Ambassador Hoekstra laid a wreath in Airborneplein in Arnhem to mark the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem and Operation Market Garden. Thousands of Dutch came out to pay their respects ... Read More»

Supreme Allied Commander General Scaparrotti joins Ambassador at World War II commemoration events

September 16 and 17 – U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti joined Ambassador Hoekstra at remembrance ceremonies honoring the events of Operation Market Garden and the liberation of the south of the Netherlands in September 1944.  Scaparrotti is the Commander of European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR).  The two first toured Operation Market Garden ... Read More»

WWII jump boots recovered

In a short ceremony hosted by Ambassador Pete Hoekstra at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, jump boots belonging to 2nd Lieutenant Frederick Humphrey were returned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Lt. Humphrey was killed in action in September 1944 during Operation Market Garden and was buried in Kansas City. His boots remained lost until ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires at Waal River Crossing Ceremony

Remarks for the Waal River Crossing Ceremony CDA Shawn Crowley Nijmegen Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Mayor Bruls, Mayor Akkermans, Director van Afferen, distinguished veterans, ladies and gentlemen, and most importantly dear students.  Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this ceremony commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Waal River Crossing and the liberation ... Read More»

Operation Market Garden commemorated

Last weekend the 73rd Anniversary of Operation Market Garden was commemorated in dozens of towns and hamlets in and around Arnhem, Nijmegen, and Eindhoven. Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley, Defense Attaché Captain Robert Buzzell, and U.S. Army Attaché Vince Martinelli laid wreaths and flowers at monuments large and small over four days that showed just how ... Read More»

A remarkable family united by one mission

They are three generations of one family. They enlisted in the militaries of three different nations. But their cause is the same: service. Henry Kubinski is a World War II veteran, having served as part of the First Independent Polish Parachute Brigade. He is back in the Netherlands for this week’s commemorations of Operation Market ... Read More»
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