Walk along with the Sunset March on Tuesday 11 April. On that day, it will be 80 years since Radboud University closed its doors after rector magnificus Bernard Hermesdorf refused to present students with a declaration of loyalty from the German occupiers.
The Sunset March starts at 20.25 on the south side of the bridge De Oversteek and will end around 20.40 on the other side of the river Waal at the monument Waalcrossing. There, a wreath will be laid by Daniël Wigboldus, chairman of the Radboud University Board of Governors, and Carolijn Ploem, member of the Radboudumc Board of Governors.
Everyone is invited to join this silent march. Participants in the march are asked to be present 15 minutes in advance.
Since 2014, the Sunset Marches have been a daily tribute to the 48 Allied soldiers who died here on 20 September 1944 during Operation Market Garden. At sunset, a veteran, along with those who join him, crosses De Oversteek at the pace of the lights coming on from the artwork Lights Crossing.
Since 2019, when 75 Years of Freedom was celebrated in Nijmegen, employees of Radboud University and Radboudumc have been walking the Sunset March every year on 11 April. This date was chosen because of the special significance this day has for the university: on April 11, 1943, Rector Magnificus Bernard Hermesdorf closed the Catholic University of Nijmegen.