Day of German Unity 2016

“Tag der Deutschen Einheit” Feier in Vancouver 2016

More pictures will be coming in another blog post!

Every year, the Consul General of Germany organizes the Day of German Unity Celebration, commemorating the day when the divided Germany went back to one country. The Day of German Unity on 3 October has been the German national holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed, 26 years ago. It is a legal holiday for the Federal Republic of Germany.

In the past 5 years or so, it has taken place at the Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. Before that it was at the Museum of Vancouver and before that at the home of the Consul General of the time. I have been attending these events for the past 11 years, as I remember first going with my tiny newborn in her “Baby Bjorn” when she was less than one month old!

This time around, it was one of the most enjoyable events, and it was all thanks to the UBC Opera Ensemble that attended to entertain the crowd. They started out by singing “Oh Canada” as well as “Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit”, the national anthems of Canada and Germany, respectively. I believe they told us that 101 Members of the Choir were there:

UBC Opera Ensemble

They also had some VIP’s, including the Hon. Suzanne Anton, who has been attending ever since the event location was moved to the Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.

Hon. Peter Fassbender
Minister Peter Fassbender
Hon. Suzanne Anton speaking
Hon. Suzanne Anton

City Councillor Melissa DeGenova
City Councillor Melissa DeGenova

Consul General Josef Beck
Consul General Josef Beck raising his glass for Unity.

Finally, there are many people in the crowd that have done much for the German Community with generous sponsorships, volunteering and hours of time devoted to events, clubs, associations and committees. In no particular order, please enjoy seeing:

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Wolfgang Christl (aka Mr. Oktoberfest) and Beatrice Schreiber, President of the German Canadian Business Association

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Ozzie Jurock, Hon. Suzanne Anton & Beatrice Schreiber

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Consul General Josef Beck and Werner Schoenberger from Select Wines

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UBC Opera Ensemble

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German National Flags on October 3rd 2016
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