Watch farewell ceremony honoring Chancellor Merkel held in Berlin
15:53, 03 December 2021
Photo: Boris Roessler/dpa
The outgoing German Chancellor has received the highest military ceremony a civilian can get.
Germany’s military forces have held a spectacular ceremony paying tribute to Chancellor Angela Merkel who leaves office after 16 years of serving the country.
The so-called Grosser Zapfenstreich was held at the Ministry of Defense's Bendler Block complex, a place where a group of German soldiers decided to remove Adolf Hitler from power in 1944.
Merkel delivered a speech in front of the attendees thanking the German nation for “16 ears full of events, often very challenging”, calling on them to stay positive about their country’s future. She has also highlighted the importance of global cooperation and trust in relations.
In a speech at her farewell ceremony, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel had a few last words of wisdom:
The troops performed the national anthem and several pieces of marches which was clearly enjoyed by the emblematic politician. The music, which is chosen by the person honored, represented traditional German melodies, "For Me It Should Rain Red Roses" by Hildegard Knef and a song by punk singer Nina Hagen .