2013 Independence Day Celebrations at Rydhave

Clockwise from upper left: U.S. Marines and Danish Life Guards posting the colors; Chargé Cristina delivering his remarks; U.S. Marines and Danish Lifeguards group photo in front of all 50 state flags. (Photo: State Dept.)
Clockwise from upper left: U.S. Marines and Danish Life Guards posting the colors; Chargé Cristina delivering his remarks; U.S. Marines and Danish Lifeguards group photo in front of all 50 state flags. (Photo: State Dept.)

A sunny Tuesday afternoon saw over 1.000 embassy friends and contacts from the worlds of academia, business, culture, diplomacy, government, law enforcement, and military gather at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Denmark, Rydhave. The event which included the posting of the Danish and American flags by Danish Life Guard soldiers and U.S. Marines respectively was a great opportunity for enjoyment but also for remembrance and reflection.

In his speech, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Stephen A. Cristina noted that “while we (The United States) have failed from time to time, we ultimately do the right thing consistent with the noble principles embodied in our Declaration, namely that government derives its authority from the people and is instituted to secure our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Each generation builds on the progress of the one before and learns from the mistakes of the one before. Recent Supreme Court decisions have provided some real progress in providing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people with assurances that they will be treated as equals in our society.” He also noted that he was “proud of my country and am honored that I have had the opportunity to represent it in the Kingdom of Denmark, a remarkable democracy, a lively, innovative economy, and a stalwart partner in confronting the awful challenges that our modern democracies face.

The event also featured live performances of the Danish and American national anthems beautifully performed by Freddie Kristensen and Maria-Louise Morell respectively and live jazz music by “The Trio” consisting of Mads Pagsberg, Sille Schultz, and Michael Roepstorff. The event underscored the close relations between Denmark and the U.S. We want to extend our warmest thanks to all who participated, helped, performed and sponsored the event. You all had a share in making this a day to remember. 

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