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Danish PM speaks at German memorial day

Rasmussen follows in the footsteps of Jean-Claude Juncker and Angela Merkel,

Lars Løkke at the Plenary Hall in Berlin (photo: regeringen.dk)
November 14th, 2016 2:15 pm| by Christian W
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Yesterday, Lars Løkke Rasmussen became the first Danish prime minister to give the official speech on the annual German memorial day, Volkstrauertag, which commemorates victims of war, suppression and violent conflict.

Rasmussen spoke at Berlin’s Plenary Hall and then visited the official memorial landmark at Neue Wache.

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“I am honoured to have held the official speech on Volkstrauertag, an event that reminds us of the heavy cost of war,” said Rasmussen.

“In Europe we have learned of the gruesome experiences from WWII and we have embraced reconciliation and co-operation. Our close co-operation is the foundation for the peace, freedom and welfare we have experienced in Europe for over 70 years. We must remain together to create a better world.”

Former official speakers on Volkstrauertag include Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, and Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany.

(photo: regeringen.dk)
(photo: regeringen.dk)

Volkstrauertag


Set according to the timing of the first Sunday of Advent, Volkstrauertag is held on the Sunday that falls closest to November 16.

It is not related to Remembrance Day on November 11 – which marks the anniversary of the Armistice at the end of WWI at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – although it often falls on the same date as Remembrance Sunday, the nearest Sunday to November 11.

Volkstrauertag was first held in 1952.