SOCIETY OF DUTCH AIRBORNE FRIENDS Lankelaar 19 - 5737 ES Lieshout, The Netherlands
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Matthew van Luyt, Chairman of the Society of Dutch Airborne Friends
It took a while for us to come from Hell's Highway to the Digital Highway but finally, our society can be found on the internet.
“How our society was founded”
In the first few post-war years the contacts between Americans and Dutch were limited to the exchange of individual letters.
Only in 1952 it became evident from the 101st
Airborne Division's history (Rendezvous with History) received in
Eindhoven, that this division was made up of the actual liberators of
Eindhoven and other towns along The Corridor.
In the spring of 1953 the City of Eindhoven
and the Philips Company decided to provide a material token of
appreciation at the next reunion of the
101st Airborne Division. This happened in August in Philadelphia in the
form of a Delft Blue ceramic ashtray and cigars with "Eindhoven Thanks
You" printed on them, for each attendant of the reunion.
In that year we had been liberated
for 10 years!
The Society made it its goal to
maintain and to promote the good relationships with the Airborne
In the Netherlands we annually commemorate the fallen soldiers, buried in the Margraten American Cemetery in May and we lay flowers at the Airborne Monuments along The Corridor at the annual Remember September activities.
The good friendship bonds between the Friends in the Corridor and in the Betuwe area (known to the Airborne veterans as "The Island") is important to achieve our goal.
With Airborne Greetings!
Thieu van Luyt
Chairman, Society of Dutch Airborne Friends.
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