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Celebration - German Unification Day

German Unification Day ceremony at the Congress Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen - 2 Oct 14
(DOD photo by Karlheinz Wedhorn/RELEASED)

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Oct. 3, 2014) -- The City of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the German Element of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies hosted a Festive Ceremony on the occasion of the German Unification Day Oct. 2 at the Kongresshaus here.

German Unification Day is the national day of Germany, celebrated Oct. 3, and commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990. The city and the Marshall Center’s German Element have organized this event for 21 years – the entire time that the Marshall Center – a German-American partnership – has been in existence. 

About 500 people attended the event, including about 100 participants from 45 countries who are here attending the Marshall Center’s Program on Applied Security Studies. The Lord Mayor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen Dr. Sigrid Meierhofer gave opening remarks and announced the winner of the 2014 essay contest.

Dr. Sven Bernhard Gareis, the Marshall Center’s German deputy dean, and Dr. Eckart Sstratenschulte, director of the European Academy in Berlin, gave presentations. Music was provided by the German Mountain Division Band, based in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which included the German, American and Bavarian anthems.