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Crown Princess Mary opens war memorial to Australian soliders in Denmark


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Crown Princess Mary attended the dedication of a war memorial for Australian soldiers who lost their lives fighting in Denmark during the First and Second World Wars.

The ceremony to unveil the Australian War Memorial in Denmark took place at Churchill Park in Copenhagen, and Crown Princess Mary was joined by Australian Ambassador Mary Ellen Miller, Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Kenneth Pedersen, and Defence Minister Trine Bramsen.

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🇦🇺🇩🇰⁣ Ved en højtidelighed i Churchillparken i København indviede Hendes Kongelige Højhed Kronprinsessen i dag sammen med Australiens ambassadør Mary Ellen Miller et krigsmindesmærke til ære for de faldne soldater fra Australien, der mistede livet i Danmark under Første og Anden Verdenskrig.⁣ ⁣ Med inskriptionen ”For our tomorrow, they gave their today” ærer mindesmærket blandt andet de 68 Royal Australian Air Force-besætningsmedlemmer, der under Anden Verdenskrig omkom under missioner her i landet, der blandt andet skulle hjælpe med at frigøre Danmark fra den nazistiske besættelse.⁣ ⁣ Det er Den Australske Ambassade i Danmark, der står bag opførelsen af ”The Australian War Memorial in Denmark”, og ved højtideligheden deltog blandt andre også forsvarsminister Trine Bramsen.⁣ ⁣ 🖌 At a ceremony in Churchill Park in Copenhagen today, Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess together with⁣ Australian ambassador Mary Ellen Miller dedicated a war memorial in honor of the fallen soldiers from Australia who lost their lives in Denmark during the First and Second World Wars.⁣ ⁣ With the inscription “For our tomorrow, they gave their today”, the memorial honors, among others, the 68 Royal Australian Air Force crew members who, during the Second World War, died while here in the country on missions that, among other things, helped to liberate Denmark from the Nazi occupation.⁣ ⁣ The Australian Embassy in Denmark is responsible for erecting “The Australian War Memorial in Denmark”. At the ceremony, there were speeches from and Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Kenneth Pedersen, while defence minister Trine Bramsen laid a wreath.⁣

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The Australian War Memorial in Denmark is inscribed with the following message: “This stone stands in memorial to Australian servicemen of the First and Second World Wars who are at rest in Danish soil. Their valiant sacrifice stands testament to the common devotion to freedom and democracy that our nations share.

“They shall not grow old as we are left to grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

“Lest we forget.”

In total, 68 Royal Australian Air Force crew members were killed in action in Denmark during the Second World War in an effort to help liberate Denmark from the Nazi occupation.

Crown Princess Mary laid a wreath at the memorial and unveiled a plaque, while Trine Bramsen laid a wreath and LGen Kenneth Pedersen laid a wreath and gave a speech.

The Danish Ministry of Defence posted on Twitter, “Since [the Second World War] Australia has been a strong ally of Denmark, and our current military cooperation is an important part of our bilateral relationship.”

Bramsen wrote on her official Twitter, “Respect for those who fought. We must never take freedom and peace for granted.”

The Australian Embassy in Denmark was responsible for the creation of the Australian War Memorial in Denmark. Crown Princess Mary, who was born in Hobart, in Tasmania, Australia, has been known to carry out engagements that represent the bilateral relationships between Denmark and Australia.

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