Dr. Angela Merkel

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By admin October 15, 2015 12:08

Dr. Angela Merkel

Dear Friends of Fencing,

One for all, all for one!  These were D’Artagnan’s famous words when fighting alongside his musketeers. This motto also rings true for the history of Stralsund. From its founding year in 1234, its rapid growth during the time of the Hanse to the present – people always stood up for their home town.

Here, on the shores of the Strelasund, are the roots of my political home. For more than 25 years I have represented this region as a directly elected Member of Parliament and therefore have been part of its development. Together we can look, with gratefulness, happiness and pride, at what we have achieved. There is for example the lovingly restored town centre with its unique imposing structures, which became a World Heritage Site in 2002. Equally impressive is the new bridge – erected in 2007 – connecting Stralsund to the island of Ruegen. With 4.1km, this monumental structure is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Germany. Another highlight in the region and beyond is the OZEANEUM, which opened its doors in 2008. In 2010 it was presented with the award of Europe’s museum of the year.

In addition to future plans for projects in construction, economy and culture, sport has always been a passion of the citizens of Stralsund. The annual swim meeting across the Strelasund is Germany’s oldest long distance competition. The run over the Ruegen Bridge, another famous sports tradition, attracts thousands of participants every year. And now Stralsund is going to host the Veterans Fencing World Championships 2016. As patroness of this event I want to warmly welcome all participants and guests! All of you can look forward to ideal tournament conditions as well as very friendly, cosmopolitan and dedicated hosts. I also would like to thank all volunteers and sponsors most sincerely. Without them we wouldn’t be able to host such an extraordinary event.

Finally, I wish all participants a good preparation time and all the best for the Veterans Fencing World Championships 2016 in Stralsund.

Yours sincerely,  Dr. Angela Merkel, MdB

 

 

© Foto: CDU / Laurence Chaperon

 

 

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