The citizens of Belgium today celebrated their national day.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Belgium on their National Day.
Ms. Clinton highlighted that the historic friendship and enduring alliance between United States and Belgium is built on shared values and mutual interests.
She stressed that Belgium’s commitment to democracy and the ideals of liberty and equality has positively influenced countries around the world. She added that as a founding member of NATO and the European Union, Belgium has played an integral role in the institutions that define U.S. relations with Europe.
“As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States is committed to this relationship. I look forward to a future of continued friendship and partnership and wish all Belgians a happy National Day.” -Ms. Clinton
Folklore is prominent in Belgium’s cultural life. The country is said to have a comparatively high number of processions, cavalcades, parades, nearly always with an originally religious or mythological background.