Saturday september 22nd, 2018: The 17th ‘Red Ball Express’

The Red Ball Express, the round trip with authentic WW II vehicles organized by CRASH Air War and Resistance Museum ’40 -’45 in cooperation with Keep Them Rolling. Saturday september 22nd, 2018: the 17th ‘Red Ball Express’.

This ride in the Year of Resistance has the ‘Resistance’ theme. Following the route it will become more and more clear what resistance in all its forms has meant for our freedom. This year we have two stops. Both are dominated by Resistance. We will also commemorate at and reflect on two monuments. This year we will do this together with acting mayor of the Haarlemmermeer Mr. Onno Hoes. Together we lay flower arrangement at a resistance monument.

The departure at the CRASH-museum is at 10.00. After approx. 35 km. there is a first stop about 11.30 hrs at the Ereveld in Bloemendaal. All participants can enter the grounds with the vehicle and everyone will receive a flower with the request to put them down on one of the graves. We wil stay here for about 1 hour and leave together The second stop is in Hoofddorp, on the ‘Cor van Stamplein’ for a ‘static display’. We will be received received by mayor Hoes. The vehicles are expected there from 1.30 pm and will stay there until 3.30 pm.

It is the tradition that we commemorate a World War II event or a monument every year. In addition to the solemn commemoration in Bloemendaal this year a delegation of CRASH and KTR will also hold still at the Resistance Monument, near the Cor van Stamplein accompanied by the honorary platoon of the Ned. Domestic Armed Forces. A delegation with a few vehicles from the Red Ball Express, together with mayor Hoes, will lay flowers there and keep a moment’s silence. The small distance to the monument makes it possible for other participants to reach the ceremony on foot.

The approximately 75 km long tour will pass many places of historical significance from the Second World War, both inside and outside the Haarlemmermeer.

The vehicles return at CRASH museum from 16.00 and can then be visited by the public.
The museum is located in the Fort at Aalsmeer on the Aalsmeerderdijk 460 in Aalsmeerderbrug.