Schwerin (dpa/mv) - On Saturday, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will honor the Day of German Unity, which will be celebrated for the 32nd time on October 3, with a ceremony by the state government in the Schwerin State Theater. Personalities from politics, business and culture as well as volunteers are invited. Citizens were also able to register for the festive event. A total of around 200 guests are expected at the ceremony, as the State Chancellery announced on Friday.
Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD), who will hold the speech, is convinced that October 3, 1990 is a happy moment in German history. In autumn 1989, the citizens of East Germany paved the way for German unity. "It is and remains our task to preserve and protect the democracy and freedom we have fought for," stressed Schwesig before the national holiday.
The host country for the central celebrations of this year's Day of German Unity is Thuringia. In Erfurt, on Monday, after an ecumenical service in the cathedral, there will be a big ceremony with top politicians and representatives of society.
At the three-day citizens' festival in the Thuringian state capital, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will present itself from Saturday on the so-called state mile under the motto "Diversity is our nature". As the State Chancellery further announced, there is a wide range of information about the country in a glass exhibition cube on the Petersberg, and an XXL stage beach chair offers the opportunity to linger. "The MV presentation is our joint invitation to live in the country," said Schwesig, who wants to travel to Erfurt after the reception in Schwerin on October 2nd and want to take part in the ceremony there the next day. Up to 120,000 visitors are expected to visit the information, culture and entertainment offerings in Erfurt every day.
In 2024, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will host the official celebrations for the Day of German Unity for the third time after 1992 and 2007.