Sunday, October 13, 2013

National Commemoration Day

Photo: M.Kater / RTL /
Today is Luxembourg's national day of commemoration which takes place every year on the Sunday closest to October 10. On that day in 1941, the German occupiers took a survey of Luxembourgish civilians who were asked about their nationality, mother tongue and racial group expecting them to answer all those question with 'German' but contrary to expectations, about 95% of those asked filled 'Luxembourgish' into the gaps. The refusal to declare themselves as German citizens led to mass arrests among the population.

To mark the day, masses and wreath laying ceremonies take place all over the country. Grand Duke Henri particpated in a religious service held the at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame and afterwards laid a wreath at the Monument vun der nationaler Solidaritéit on the Kanounenhiwwel where he also relit the eternal flame before visiting the insides of the memorial.

Tageblatt has a gallery of pictures of the day, as does the cour grand-ducale. Meanwhile RTL a video.

Source: RTL

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