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Program for Remembrance Day known

Stichting 4 Mei Herdenking Dronten has finished the program for the Remembrance of the Dead on May 4, 2024. This year marks the 60th commemoration of the dead in Dronten. We reflect on this moment and mark it as a transition to a time when there will no longer be Airgunners present at the commemoration. In this message we inform you about innovative elements in the program and activities that will take place on and around May 4, 2024.

Honorary salute for Lancaster crew

Since 2015, lights have been placed on war graves on Christmas Eve as the sun sets. Stichting Veteranen Gemeente Dronten took the initiative to light 7 candles at the monument on Lancasterdreef in Dronten in honour of the 7 crew members of Lancaster ED 357. The candles were lit with the Peace Light by the Flevo Scouts.

Students Almere College present at Remembrance Day in Edinburgh

Pupils and teachers of Almere College in Dronten and board members of the 4 May Remembrance Foundation Dronten were in Edinburgh from 7 to 11 November to attend the Remembrance Day commemoration at Stewart's Melville College. The reason for this is the connection between the two schools in the person of William Middleton Ward. William Ward was formerly a student at Stewart's Melville College. He died in World War II and the propeller of his plane forms the monument in Dronten.


Recap Tattoo

On May 6, 2023, the annual Tattoo took place on the Meerpaalplein in Dronten. Three corps presented a total of five shows.

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Recap commemoration May 4, 2023

On May 4, 2023, the 59th commemoration of the dead took place in Dronten. The large number of people on the square, the invited guests, the wreath laying, the music and singing, the poem and the speech were impressive. 

Poem 2023

Poem city poet Marjolein Westendorp

Before it became 2 minutes of silence at Meerpaalplein on May 4, city poet Marjolein Westendorp recited the poem she wrote around the National Committee May 4 and 5's annual theme "Living with War'.

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Documentairy 'Never Unprepared'

Omroep Flevoland's documentary "Never Unprepared" tells the story of Scottish bomb aimer William Ward who lost his life in World War II. William Ward was one of the crew members of the Lancaster ED 357, whose propeller forms the Kite Monument in Dronten. Edinburgh history teacher David Clarke researched this former student at his school; Stewart's Melville College. David discovered that Ward crashed near what is now Dronten.

Lecture nursing home

Lecture in nursing home De Regenboog

Board members Jan Benning and Bart Doeze Jager gave a presentation on May 2 about the work of the 4 May Remembrance Foundation Dronten and the story of the Lancaster ED 357 in Coloriet residential care center De Regenboog.

Adoption Vliegersmonument

Tamarisk elementary school adopts monument

Basisschool De Tamarisk from Biddinghuizen has taken over the adoption of the 'Vliegersmonument' from Basisschool Het Wilgerijs.

Swimming competition

Swimming competition Airgunnerstrofee

The Zuiderzee Swimmers organized today the swimming competition for group 8 pupils of elementary school from the municipality of Dronten for the 'Airgunnerstrofee'. About 150 children from 8 elementary school participated. It was a successful afternoon!


Program around Remembrance Day 4 May known in Dronten

The 4 May Memorial Dronten Foundation has completed the program for the Remembrance Day on May 4, 2023. For the first time this year, no Airgunners are present at the commemoration. The transition to a time of commemoration without Airgunners has thus begun.

Ron Powers

Farewell airgunner Ron Powers

On Wednesday afternoon, February 22, we said goodbye to Airgunner Ron Powers in a memorial meeting and part of his ashes were scattered at the De Wissel cemetery in Dronten.

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