Celebration of NATO´s 70 years anniversary 1949-2019 at The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen.

 

 

Fejring af NATO´s 70 års dag 1949-2019 ved Det nationale monument for danskere i udenlandsk mission siden 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, København.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text and photos by Erik K Abrahamsen, april 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 4. april 2019 The Danish Atlantic Treaty Association, Atlantsammenslutningen ( atlant.dk ) and Danish Veterans Association, ( danmarksveteraner.dk ) celebrated North Atlantic Treaty Organization`s (NATO) 70 years anniversary at a wreath-laying ceremony at The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Citadel (Fortress), Copenhagen.

 

 

The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen was inaugurated 5. september 2011 and created by artist Finn Reinbothe 2009 -11:

 

Theme:

EN TID, ET STED, ET MENNESKE

A TIME, A PLACE, A HUMAN BEING

 

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Celebration of Nato´s 70 years anniversary the 4. april 2019. Kastellet, Copenhagen. Photo 6. april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded 4. april 1949 as a military and political organization on the principle of United Nations Organization (UN) founded 24. october 1945.

NATO was founded by 12 member states: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Holland, Island, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Great Britain and U.S.A. Today NATO has 29 independent member countries, see nato.int

NATO was founded in 1949 to protect the trans atlantics democracies against aggressions from totalitarian regimes all over the world.

NATO was founded to protect the human civilization from the horrors of 1. World War (1914-18) and Second World War (1939-45).

 

The end of WORLD WAR 2:

15. august 1945 by the surrender of Japan Government.

 

Civilians and soldiers dead 1937-45:

about 55-70 millions died, 2/3 of the dead were civilians.

 

Dead civilians and soldiers:

Soviet Union: more than 27 mill.

China:  more than 10 mill.

Japon: 1,8 mill.

Poland: 6 mill.

Central European States: 4 mill.

Germany: 5,3 mill.

Holocaust: 6 mill jews died in germain concentration camps executed by gas poisoning.

Britain: 0,4 mill.

USA: 0,4 mill.

France: 0,8 mill.

Italy:  0,3 mill.

Source (Kilde):

Den Store Danske Encyklopædi, Bind 20 page 103, Danmarks Nationalleksikon A/S 2001.

 

Extract of the original text of The North Atlantic Treaty ( See nato.int ):

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The North Atlantic Treaty

Washington D.C. – 4 April 1949

The North Atlantic Treaty (1949)

Washington D.C. – 4 April 1949

The Parties to this Treaty reaffirm their faith in the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and their desire to live in peace with all peoples and all governments.

They are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. They seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area.

They are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security. They therefore agree to this North Atlantic Treaty:

Article 1

The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization`s (NATO) 70 years anniversary at a wreath-laying ceremony at The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen:

 

The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen:

Theme: A TIME, A PLACE, A HUMAN BEING

 

First room (in front): A TIME – EN TID,

Second Room (in middle): A PLACE – ET STED

Third Room (in back): A HUMAN BEING – ET MENNESKE

 

 

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The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen. First, second and third room: Theme: A TIME, A PLACE, A HUMAN BEING. Photo 6. april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The National Monument in honour of danes (from Danish Army, Navy, Airforce, Police and Readiness men from Beredskabsstyrelsen) serving in international missions since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen:

 

First room (in front): A TIME – EN TID:

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First room (in front): A TIME – EN TID. Memorial, Kastellet Fortress. Photo 6. april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen:

 

Second Room (in middle): A PLACE – ET STED

On granite wall: all names of 52 countries and locations where danes send out by danish Folketinget and danish government to international missions under UN request and supervision.

 

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Second Room (in middle): A PLACE – ET STED. All names of 52 countries and locations on granite wall.  The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen. Photo 6. april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen:

 

Third Room (in back): A HUMAN BEING – ET MENNESKE

A REFLECTION room:

on granite walls all names of 112 danes killed in international missions under UN request and supervision.

 

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The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen. Photo 6. september 2011 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Third Room (in back): A HUMAN BEING – ET MENNESKE

A REFLECTION room:

on granite walls all names of 112 danes killed in international missions under UN request and supervision.

 

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Third Room (in back): A HUMAN BEING – ET MENNESKE. The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen. Photo 6. april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

North Atlantic Treaty Organization`s (NATO) 70 years anniversary at a wreath-laying ceremony at The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen:

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization`s (NATO) 70 years anniversary at a wreath-laying ceremony at The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen. Photo 6. april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

North Atlantic Treaty Organization`s (NATO) 70 years anniversary at a wreath-laying ceremony at The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen:

Wreath of flowers from ambassadors, military officers, ministers and organizations (from right to left, source atlant.dk):

Carl Bratved; Johan Fredrik Jörgensen, Sveriges ambassadør; Carla Herd Sands, USA’s ambassadør; kommandør Michael Biery, USA’s forsvarsattaché; generalmajor Jens Garly, hjemmeværnet; oberst Nicolas T. Veicherts, Hærens Officersskole; direktør Henning Thiesen, Beredskabsstyrelsen; Hans Kongelige Højhed Prins Joachim, forsvarschef general Bjørn Bisserup; forsvarsminister Claus Hjort Frederiksen; Anders Fogh Rasmussen; John Dyrby Paulsen, formand for Tænketanken Atlantsammenslutningen; og Flemming Vinther, formand for Hærens Konstabel og Korporalsforening.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization`s (NATO) 70 years anniversary at a wreath-laying ceremony at The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 – Kastellet Fortress, Copenhagen. Photo 6 april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Fortress Citadel, Kastellet built 1661-65 and inaugurated 28. oktober 1664:

 

Kastellet Fortress with ramparts, 5 bastions in a star formation and moats.

The fortress was started by King Christian 4 (King of Denmark and Norway 1588-1648) in 1620 as Sct. Annae Skanse for protection of the entrance of Copenhagen Harbour. In 1640 it was enlarged to a fortress with 3 bastions. His son king Frederik 3 (King of Denmark and Norway 1648-70) invited Holland engineur Henrik Ruse to enlarged the fortress to modern standard 1661-65.

View to ramparts, barracks, north entrance “Norway Gate”, Commander building built 1725 and i background of photo  “The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948” with parade ground:

 

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Fortress Kastellet built 1661-65 and inaugurated 28. oktober 1664. In background view to The National Monument in honour of danes in international mission since 1948 and parade ground. Photo 6. april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

Kastellet Fortress:

View to main Gate: “Kings Gate” (Kongeporten), barracks and ramparts:

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Main entrance “Kings Gate “(Kongeporten). Photo in direction south 6. april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

View to main entrance “Kings gate” and Memorial “VORE FALDNE” – Faldne i dansk og allieret tjeneste 1940-45:

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View to entrance “KIngs Gate” (Kongeporten) and memorial monument “Vore Faldne” – 1940-45. Photo 6. april 2019 by Erik K Abrahamsen.

 

 

Links:

 

The North Atlantic Treaty nato.int

Atlantsammenslutningen  atlant.dk 

danmarksveteraner.dk

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Text and photos Copyright Erik K Abrahamsen 2019

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Melby, North Sealand, Denmark the 9. april 2019

 

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Erik

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