On September 27, 2008, a new monument was dedicated at Overloon, Netherlands, as a memorial to the many men of the U. S. 7th Armored Division who died in the immediate vicinity from September 30 - October 8, 1944. This web page provides information and links to learn more about the men who are remembered by this monument and about the monument and the dedication ceremonies.
Committee Monument 7th Armored Division Overloon
To all members of the 7th Armored Division Association
It is an honor and a privilege to announce the dedication of a Monument in honor of the 7th Armored Division at Overloon in the Netherlands. The Monument will be erected at the Museumplein at Overloon in front of the Liberty Park. The committee has been working on this project for six months and is proud to let you know that the monument will be unveiled on the 27th of September 2008 at 15.00 hours. The monument will be a tribute to the soldiers of the 7th Armored Division who paid the highest price for our liberation. The committee would like to invite all members of the Association for this special day.
Programme Dedication Monument Overloon
Left to right: Niek Hendrix, U.s. Military Attaché Col. Stimson, veiled monument
(photo thanks to Joost Evertsen)
I just came back from the dedication of the Overloon Monument for the 7th. What a huge success. More then 750 people showed up!! We had sunshine all day and it was GREAT. Hans Jansen and Albert van Leeuwen unveiled the monument. What a great recognition for the 7th armored. ... With this dedication we really put things right. We were interviewed by radio stations, newspapers, local newspapers ... The monument is something else. It is beautiful, I can tell you. A real tribute to the 7th. At the end of the ceremony 4 F-16's of the Royal Airforce flew over in the missing man formation. The plane that went up into the sky was flown by Colonel van de Mast, the commander of the Volkel Airbase.
I received a great many other wonderful photographs, which I unfortunately am not able to post.
Dear guests, Dear American friends,
Sixty four years ago, 220 Americans were killed during the battle of Overloon. The only thing we can do is to honor them and to remember them. It is my strong belief and that of the Committee, that we as a free Dutch people have the solemn obligation to honor them. And if we fail we are truly lost. We can never repay them and we can never repay all those families who lost their loved ones.
Like General Eisenhower wrote in the Golden Book at St Paulís cathedral in London, after the liberation of Europe:
Here we and all who shall hereafter live in freedom will be reminded.
God bless you all,
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