Flags are flying today to commemorate those fallen while deployed in the service of Denmark
You might have noticed the flags flying today and wondered which royal’s birthday it is, or which VIP is in town? Not so. In 2009 it was decided once a year to commemorate those who had fallen while deployed on an international mission in the service of Denmark.
By Bente D. Knudsen
As a member of NATO, Denmark has been actively engaged in many international missions outside the country. And Denmark has, measured by number of inhabitants, a sad record in number of fallen on mission for Denmark in Afghanistan during the period 2002 to 2014 during NATO’s engagement there. Danish soldiers were withdrawn from the Helmand provins in 2014.
Decisions to deploy Danish personnel is made by the government, the parliament or a minister.
The day is marked with a wreath laying at the monument to Denmark’s international efforts at the Citadel (Kastellet), a memorial service in honour of the fallen in Holmen’s Church, followed by a parade at Christiansborg castle square for personnel that have been deployed during the last year. The Danish parliament concludes the official program by hosting a reception for the participants of the parade.
The ” National monument to Denmark’s international effort since 1948″ was inaugurated by the Danish Queen on the flag-flying day for Denmark’s deployed in 2011. You can visit it at the Citadel.
As Queen Margrethe is on her yearly summer tour around Denmark with her royal yacht, the royal family is represented by Crown Princess Mary, and Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. Crown Prince Frederik should have participated too, but due to his recent displaced disc operation, he is unable to attend.