13It is a tradition the keynote speakers and others involved in the 4th of July celebrations are initiated into Christian the Fourth’s Guild.

This year 20 people were initiated. Among those were the new president of the Rebild National Park Society, Jørgen Bech Madsen and his wife, the Danish keynote speaker Ole Sønnichsen, journalist and the author of several biographies, praised by the critics a.o. the book about Danish William S. Knudsen “One Dollar Man”. He has also written the great documentary story “The Journey to America”.
The American keynote speaker was Henrik Fogh Rasmussen was initiated in 2008 together with his parents Anne Mette and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former prime minister of Denmark. Henrik Fogh Rasmussen is the founder and president of Argonne Global.

Finally the Danish youth speaker Caroline Amalie Skade and Kurt Sørensen, who brought greetings from Danes in the U.S., were initiated.

A special event was the initiation of Louise Pflug Carlslund. She is a grandchild of our former treasurer, Erik Pflug, who was a respected member of the Board years ago.

After the initiation everybody left for the tent lunch in Rebild Hills.

During the dinner, the chief bencher awarded the keynote speakers Ole Sønnichsen, Henrik Fogh Rasmussen, the mayor for a day Edvard Bladt and Kurt Sørensen, from U.S. who brought greeting the danes i U.S., with a tie. Amalie Skade was given a beautiful scarf.

Before, during and after our music director played the “lur” an ancient instrument from the bronze age.

Usually the 4th of July celebrations in the hills takes place in sunshine, but this year it almost rained away.

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Photos taken by: Jens Morten (The Wine Cellar) and Fini Ryming (Rebild)