Anniversary of Liberation Day Marked in Denmark
Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Joachim today marked the 70th anniversary of Liberation Day at ceremonies across Denmark.
In the morning, Crown Prince Frederik attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Anchor at the Nyhavn in Copenhagen. Over 150 veterans and family members were present for the ceremony, which included a minute’s silence.
Afterwards, the heir to the throne was joined by his wife Mary for a service at Copenhagen’s Vor Frue Kirke in honour of the anniversary. Veterans were once again the centre of attention during the service, led by Bishop Peter Skov-Jakobsen. One of the Danish resistance fighters, Jens Ege, gave a short speech recalling his memories from the day the German army surrendered.
Prince Joachim meanwhile was present at the anniversary events in South Jutland, where he delivered a eulogy at the Skamlingsbanken memorial. “Our freedom was for them more precious than their own lives. Their sacrifice was not in vain, and we bow our heads in gratitude,” the Prince said. The event was held to honour the 83 freedom fighters who were from South Jutland who lost their lives during World War Two.Filed under Denmark
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