The monument was erected to honour resistance members who died, and in particular Jan van Hoof. Jan van Hoof was a member of the Geheime Dienst Nederland, an intelligence branch of the Resistance, and had gathered information on the two Waal bridges, and on the demolition charges planted on them by the Germans. It is almost certain that during fighting in the area on September 18, Van Hoof succeeded in disabling the charges under the Waal bridge. Van Hoof was posthumously decorated by several Allied governments.
Text on the monument: "WITH THIS MONUMENT WE HONOUR ALL THOSE WHO WITH JAN VAN HOOF LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE RESISTANCE FOR THE LIBERATION OF NIJMEGEN 1940 - 1945".