Oct 6, 2016

Ambassador Wittig and German Olympians
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Four German Olympians were the special guests at the celebration of the Day of German Unity in Washington, DC, on October 5. Ambassador Peter Wittig and his wife, Huberta von Voss-Wittig, welcomed javelin gold medalist Thomas Röhler, canoe sprint silver medalists Tina Dietze and Franziska Weber, and relay runner Gina Lückenkemper to the reception and garden party.

Ambassador Wittig invited the audience to take a step back from the political news that now consumes Washington and remember the enjoyment and excitement of the Olympic Games in Rio. He called it a truly global event that really connects people and that overcomes hate and division. "In this world of caught up in turmoil, with raging crises, wars and instability, Olympians were peacefully united by the values of the Olympic Games," Wittig said, referencing IOC President Thomas Bach.

Beer garden and business suits
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In celebrating the peaceful reunification of Germany, the Day of German Unity is also a time to remember that this accomplishment would not have been possible without the support of the American people, most importantly its political leaders. "German Unity was only possible because our allies and neighbors had faith in us right from the very beginning and without reservation," Wittig said.

Autumnal Evening

US Air Force band Max Impact and guests
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As the sun set over the nation’s capital, guests enjoyed a rousing set by the US Air Force band Max Impact, who sang pop, rock, soul and country classics to get people on the dance floor. Later, down in the beer garden, the Bundeswehr Musikkorps kept things traditional and festive. In the crisp autumn temperatures, guests strolled through the terraced garden, stopping at stands with typical foods from different German regions.

A special VIP engaged with guests in the Ambassador’s Residence. A hologram of Martin Luther, specially created by the German National Tourist Office in honor of the 500th anniversary in 2017 of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, interacted with people and may even have surprised a few.

Cooperation Partners

The cooperation partners for the Day of German Unity celebration:
Germany Trade and Invest and the German National Tourist Board, and our sponsors Volkswagen of America, GM Opel, and Allianz; also Airbus, BMW Group, Daimler, Deutsche Telekom, DHL, Lufthansa and Siemens, as well as Deutsche Messe, the German-American Business Council, NXP and BASF.

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The Ambassador

German Unity celebration under moonlit sky

German Unity celebration under moonlit sky

Celebrating German Unity under a moonlit sky

Spätzle and schnitzel

Spätzle and schnitzel

Spätzle and schnitzel

Martin Luther hologram

Martin Luther hologram

The Martin Luther hologram

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