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A celebration of freedom

04.07.2014 From our online archive
The US Embassy to Luxembourg celebrated the 238 anniversary of the signing of America's Declaration of Independence in a spirit of freedom, on Thursday.
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Luc Frieden , Corinne Cahen , Botschafter Robert A. Mandell Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Begruessung Xavier Bettel Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Begruessung Xavier Bettel Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay
3.7. Amb USA / Reception Amerikanischer Nationalfeiertag / Foto: Guy Jallay

The US Embassy to Luxembourg celebrated the 238 anniversary of the signing of America's Declaration of Independence in a spirit of freedom, on Thursday.

Opening up the embassy gardens to dignitaries and business leaders, US Ambassador to Luxembourg Robert A Mandell spoke of his nation's founding goal to protect liberty.

“Today is the one day in the year we can talk about what we stand for and that's freedom and freedom for all people,” said Mr Mandell, adding: “It's taken us 238 years to perfect and we're still working on it but it's still a very important part of what the US stands for.”

The annual celebration this year featured a Colour Guard, a of military parade with soldiers from a US base in Germany, an element which Mr Mandell said he noticed was always a feature of national days in other countries.

The gardens were scattered with American flags, flag-coloured confetti and traditional American sweets meanwhile guests were invited to drink American wines and try some traditional US cuisine in the form of barbecue ribs, chicken and burgers. Altogether, around 300 guests, including Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, chatted in the sun to the tunes of Boston jazz band Cluttered Clarity, which is touring Europe.

Traditionally, the Fourth of July is a national holiday in the US. However, this year the Ambassador said he would be spending the day at the ICT Spring Europe fair in Luxembourg. He said he will also have a quiet family evening at home with his parents, who are visiting Luxembourg for the first time.

Reminiscing about Fourth of July holidays in his younger days, the ambassador said his favourite memories were of the holiday when he was 10 years old. “I think it was the fireworks when I was a kid. I had never seen fireworks like they displayed in Orlando over the lake, with the fountain in the middle of the lake.”

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