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Crown Prince Haakon leads tributes on Armed Forces Memorial Day

Photo by det Kongelige Hoff

Norwegian Armed Forces Memorial Day has been marked with Crown Prince Haakon placing a wreath at the national veteran monument at Akershus Fortress in Oslo. At the ceremony at Akershus fortress, on Sunday November 7th 2021, Chief of Defence, General Eirik Kristoffersen gave the memorial speech before he asked the Crown Princeacting as Regent, to place the wreath. Guardsmen from His Majesty the King’s Guard stood guard of honour at the monument. Parliament President Eva Kristin Hansen and Minister of Defence Odd Roger Enoksen were also present during the ceremony.

After the wreath-laying ceremony, the Crown Prince Regent stopped at the memorial plaque with the names of the dead in international operations, and the fallen were remembered in a minute’s silence. The National Veterans Monument was unveiled by King Harald in August this year and honours all personnel who have served in international operations since 1945. It consists of a stone monument, a bronze plaque with the names of those who have lost their lives in international operations, and the “eternal flame” shaped like a torch. On the monument the line “also we when it is demanded” from Norway’s national anthem is engraved.

After the wreath-laying ceremony, the Crown Prince Regent participated in the memorial service in Akershus Castle Church, where the field priest, Lieutenant Colonel Kyrre Klevberg, officiated. During the service, the Minister of Defence gave the memorial speech and Crown Prince Haakon lit the Armed Forces’ memorial candle, followed by a minute’s silence.

This Norwegian memorial day was introduced in 2007 and the celebration takes place on the first Sunday in November. This is the day to honour and remember all who have lost their lives in the Armed Forces’ service in and outside Norway. The main event takes place at Akershus Fortress in Oslo, but the day is also marked with events elsewhere in Norway and abroad.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.