The citizens of Iceland today celebrated their Independence Day which marks the day in 1944 that The Republic of Iceland was formed.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulated the people of Iceland as they celebrate their national day.
The United States was the first country to recognize Icelandic independence in 1944. Ms. Clinton said the friendship between Iceland and United States has grown deeper over the past decades.
“On this special occasion, we celebrate the rich history of cultural and personal ties between our peoples, as well as the cooperation and mutual support that are the foundation of our relationship.”-Ms. Clinton
Ms. Clinton highlighted that both countries share a commitment to individual freedom, human rights, and democracy. She said both countries are working together on a wide range of issues, from enhancing peace and stability in Afghanistan to harnessing new green energy sources and to ensuring peaceful cooperation in the Arctic.
“As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States is a friend and partner. I send my best wishes to the people of Iceland and reaffirm our commitment to strengthening and deepening our ties in the years to come.”-Ms. Clinton
The citizens of Iceland usually celebrate their Independence Day on a national scale with traditional parade through each urban area with a brass band at the front.