World War I Centennial – Float installed in Antwerp for commemorative weekend
Thursday, 02 October 2014
On Thursday, Belgian and Dutch soldiers installed a float on the Scheldt River in Antwerp in honor of the World War I commemorative weekend. Over 100,000 visitors will walk on the reproduction of the bridge used by the government, troops and citizens of Antwerp to escape from the Germans one hundred years ago. The idea of reproducing the bridge began in 2011 but technical challenges made it difficult to implement. “The Belgian Defense no longer has the appropriate equipment so we asked the Dutch for assistance,” said Colonel Dirk Verhaegen. “But we also had to take into account other factors, such as tides and the width and flow of the river.”
The bridge will be inaugurated on Friday by King Philip and Queen Matilda. It will be open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday.