A good friend of Frank (and me) has a simple request and a lovely idea. I would like to share it with you all. -- Andre.
Dear family and friends of Frank. Saturday the 3rd of September 2011 there will be the yearly Airborne March in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands (www.airbornewandeltocht.nl/en). Frank has walked this march almost every year for a long time. And I would like him to participate this year too. As Frank and I have already done this with a wheelchair bound person a few years back, I do not think it will be much of a problem to get a group together and join Frank on his march (and take turns pushing the wheelchair). To make it easy on everybody, I propose to walk the 10 kilometer march. This is the busiest one, but doable in about 3 hours (you have to navigate the traffic (other walkers) and that makes for some slow going). I would like to go as a group (FrankForce), so I need at least 9 other people in order to get a group of sufficient size. It is a nice walk through some of the most beautiful countryside in the Netherlands. And the cost for the march is reasonable, just € 5,50 per person (€ 5,-- if you have a KNBLO\NWB membership pass).
If you are interested, please e-mail me, with your name and how often you have walked the Airborne March before (for the medal that you get afterwards) and mention FrankForce in the subject of the e-mail.
About mid august I will then mail the details about how late (or early) to be where in Oosterbeek, on Saturday the 3rd of September.
See you in Oosterbeek.
Louis.kolkman AT gmail.com
Thousend times thanks!
To all the followers of the blog, to anyone who has been supportive of Frank or us in the last months and especially after his untimely death we want to say thanks from the bottom of our hearts. In the week after his passing we received so much warmth, stories, care and love, hardly describable. To us it was a very precious and valuable week and it was so good to have Frank at home where so many of his friends could visit him. And all the help, stories and info shared in that week led to a beautiful goodbye ceremony on a beautiful sunny autumn day. For those of you who could not attend, or those of you who wish to reread the funeral speeches, we publice them here (in dutch and english) with some pictures in grateful memory of, and tributed to Frank.We will miss him dearly, thanks for being with him and with us, one way or another,
On behalf of my family and his closest friends, Esther