The Liberation Route Europe Foundation is happy to announce that as part of the Europe Remembers campaign and 75th anniversary commemorations of World War II a Europe-wide tour was started in the UK and France. As a way to introduce its international hiking trail that follows the footsteps of the Allied advance, this tour highlighted the destinations, stories, and events that mark this momentous period in history, and raised money for its development through a crowdfunding campaign.
The first leg of the Tour kicked off in London on May 20 with a special presentation and crowdfunding kickoff at the Churchill War Rooms in the company of Dutch ambassador Simon Smits, author and broadcaster Dan Snow and invited veterans, and was followed by a number of themed hikes, culminating in Portsmouth on May 23, to commemorate the buildup to the D-Day landings. From June 3 to 7, the tour will continue in Normandy, visiting sites such as Utah Beach, Carentan, Omaha beach, Arromanches and ending in Ouistreham. Many more legs are planned in the coming months throughout Europe.
All the details can be found at: www.europeremembers.com
An international initiative in need of support
The LRE international hiking trail was created in cooperation with American architect Daniel Libeskind and Wandelnet, the Dutch hiking association. This remembrance trail serves as a testament to the legacy of the veterans who liberated Europe in WWII. The 3,000 km trail passes through five countries from London to Berlin, featuring specially designed "Vectors” (route markers) by Daniel Libeskind. It will launch in 2020 during the 75th anniversary celebrations of the end of WWII. This shared effort is now in need of support to realize its ambitious fundraising goals to finance the development of the trail. Victoria van Krieken, Chairwoman of LRE, is positive about the possibilities: “We have established a strong crowdfunding platform with perks for all interests and contribution levels, in particular the opportunity to adopt a kilometer of the trail. We want to give everyone the chance to play a role in this project, small or big, making this trail a truly collective experience and tribute for future generations.”
To contribute to the crowdfunding please go to: www.liberationroute.com/crowdfunding