Many have already experienced sections of the trail while it's particularly interesting to those who have tackled the annual Nijmegen March. Mr de Mol explained that depending on age and gender, the Nijmegen participants will walk either 30, 40 or 50 kilometres each day, covering a total of 200 kilometres.
"The 'Vierdaagse' (that's Dutch for four days) has actually been in existence since 1909 but the town of Nijmegen became its permanent home in 1916," Mr de Mol explained. "In 2016 it was the 100th anniversary of the walk and by day four my legs had all but given out… it was only the beer that kept me going!" he joked.
Among the guest speakers at the conference were Second World War British historian Professor Richard Overy, prolific military writer Peter Caddick-Adams, Helen Patton (granddaughter of US Wartime hero General George S Patton) and award-winning Dutch filmmaker Sytze van der Laan whose film The Resistance Banker - a true story about bothers Walraven and Gijs van Hall - is now high on my viewing list.
One of the most passionate speeches was made by Martin Schulz, a former President of the European Parliament and a current Member of the German Bundestag as well as being a Patron of the LRE Foundation since 2012.
He told me: “The memory of our past shapes the way we see our present and work towards our future. The Liberation Route is a milestone project that I gladly support and that I hope will help keep the memory of our continent vivid and alive. I hope that the Liberation Route Europe can attract even more international support in the upcoming years for the Hiking Trail’s inauguration in 2020," he added.
The Liberation Route Europe Foundation is designed to help preserve history and to connect hundreds of points of interest, monuments, heritage sites and cemeteries across Europe while promoting peace and reconciliation following the horrors of the Second World War.