Memorial Ferry Bridge over the River IJ in Amsterdam on 5 May 2016


The 4th of May Amsterdam has the national memorial of World War II.

The 5th of May we celebrate our liberation. This year that was 71 years ago. A covenant ponte bridge over the River IJ central Amsterdam Noord for the hungry people to get out of the city and get proper food. It was the only physical connection ever.

On 5 May 2015, the bridge was supposed to be constructed, as a temporary monument to commemorate the wartime Amsterdam and on the occasion of 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. However due to weather conditions this was not possible. That’s why this will be done on 5 May this year, between 2 and 5 PM. Only accesable for those the 6600 people who got a ticket for this special event. But certainly a special sight.

Across the Northern IJ shore a Freedom Food is organized for a thousand men. And there’s a farmers market. As a chef with the help of a historian will cook dishes from World War II.

In the last year of World War II there was a big shortage of food. According to the Amsterdam 4 and 5 May Committee drew townspeople moved the city to surrounding farms to exchange their last possessions for example a sack of potatoes. From Amsterdam they walked across the pontoon bridge, to Waterland and even West Friesland.
With more than two hundred programs stood on 4 and 5 May in the Second World War. The pontoon bridge over the River IJ is centerpiece of commemorations, open houses, freedom meals and Liberation Festivals in the city.