A march to remember those who fought for our freedom.
Sunset March is a daily tribute to the Allied soldiers who fought for the liberation of The Netherlands. And especially for those soldiers who lost their lives. In 2013 the city of Nijmegen finished the construction of a new City bridge called the Crossing (Oversteek). It was constructed close to the area where US 82nd Airborne crossed the river the Waal on September 20, 1944 as part of Operation Market garden. 48 Allied soldiers lost their lives during this “Waalcrossing”. The street lights* on this bridge are very exceptional. On the bridge are 48 pairs of street lights. At sunset these sets of street lights are, pair by pair, ignited at a slow marching pace. The total duration of igniting all street lights involved lasts almost 12 minutes.
Each and every night a veteran walks the Sunset March at sunset. At the ignition of the lights the veteran walks along in according pace. The veteran can be recognized by his or her beret, the veterans insignia, his or her personal medals or a special flag he or she carries along. Any veteran can participate and walk the Sunset March. If you are interested in participating, please check the calendar on the right if the date of your liking is still available. A reservation can be made on the page Reservation.
The Sunset March follows the Dutch definition of a veteran so you do not have to be retired to be a veteran for the Sunset March.
Sunset March is an initiative of the veterans of the municipality Overbetuwe. (“Veteranen Overbetuwe” ).
Team Sunset March
* Project “Lights Crossing” by Atelier Veldwerk