On the 5th of October 2018, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece Headquarters (NRDC-GR HQ) celebrated the German Flag Day, in accordance with the German Reunification Day on the 3rd of October 1990, in its premises at Pedion Areos camp. The event honored with their presence the Deputy Commander Major General Ivan ORTOMAROV, the German General Consul of Thessaloniki, Mr Walter Stechel, the entire staff of the HQ as well as German invitees living in Thessaloniki.
According tοa speech delivered by the German National Representative in the HQ, “Germany’s national flag is a tricolor black, red, and yellow. An origin of the colors lies in the wars of liberation against Napoleon in 1813, about 200 years ago, namely the uniforms of the “Lutzow Frei – Corps”. The volunteers Corps consisted mostly by students who formed against the occupation of Germany by France. Since the volunteers came under the Prussian Major von Lutzow from all over Germany and brought very different uniforms and civilian clothes with them, the only way to produce a common uniform was to color the different colored uniforms black. There were golden (brass colored) buttons added, and finally red as the color of badges charges and advances. This color scheme was also interpreted from the wars of liberation, out of the blackness of servitude (black), through bloody battles (red), to the golden light of freedom (yellow)”.
Furthermore, he emphasized that “Even the happiest moments of post – war German history, the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification 28 years ago, have a European dimension. Without overcoming the division of Europe, the German unit would not have been possible. The restoration of the national unity of our country was reserved condition for Europe, to grow together in a Union Western, Central, Southern and Eastern European countries.”
Concluding his speech, the German National Representative expressed his deepest gratitude to the neighbors, foreign friends, and partners, without whom Germany could not celebrate the birthday of the reunified Germany and to Greece, as a Host Nation, for the comradely cooperation, hospitality, and support.
Major General Ivan ORTOMAROV congratulated the German contingent for the Flag Day and expressed his appreciation for their contribution to the recent HQ’s successes. Additionally, he wished all the best to his new assignment and welcomed the new SNR at the HQ. After this traditional ceremony, a small reception was held in the HQ’s premises.