FLAG OF DENMARK (DANNEBROG)
The Danish flag features a white cross and red body. It is the longest continuously-used national flag and was officially adopted in 1854, after having been the merchant ensign flag since 1748 and unofficially used around the country since the 14th century.
The origin legend of the Danish flag takes place during the Battle of Lindainse during the Livonian Crusade in 1219. The story goes that as the Danes were about to lose, Dannebrog fell from the sky and filled the hearts of the Danish soldiers with courage, spurring them to victory.
There are several version of the Danish flag: the civil flag, which can be flown by civilians, the Splitflag (seen in the image below), which is the official Danish state flag used by the military when on land, and the Orlogsflag, used by the navy. The flags with split ends are state flags, and are used in official capacities only.
The red of the Splitflag as well as the civilian flag is called “Dannebrog red,” and was originally made from madder root. The Orlogsflag is a longer flag and has a slightly deeper hue; you may only notice it if you were to see the flags next to each other.
In addition, there is a royal standard flag for each member of the royal family, which is the Splitflag with the addition of the royal coat of arms in the middle of the cross. This flag is only used by the royal family, and can be seen flying above their residences to indicate that they are home.
The civilian version of the Danish flag is immensely popular across the country, and is often used for private celebrations. It’s rare to find a birthday party or anniversary celebration that doesn’t include Dannebrog, indicating that Danes feel very personally connected to the flag.
Two hundred years before Franklin and 300 years before Amundsen, a
daring Dane came closer to finding the Northwest Passage than anyone
I am forwarding to you the link to this digital article in Canadian
Geographic, the magazine of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
It has just recently gone “live” on the magazine’s website.
The article is written by Wendy Christensen-Grosfield, whom some of
you know. Wendy is of Danish background, lives in Edmonton, and was
born and raised in Dickson, Alberta, where the Danish Canadian Museum
Chair, Jens Munk Commemorative Steering Committee
Federation of Danish Associations in Canada
To the Members of the Danish Canadian Club
Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers we received following my husband Bent's death.
-Thelma Thaagaard and family
It is with sadness we report the sudden passing of Shelagh Boggs on May 26, 2019. Our sympathies go out to her partner, Per Aagaard and the rest of her family.
A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped with our wonderful Nanaimo Danish Canadian Club's 30th Birthday Party!
Many thanks to: Henny Andersen * Ingebord Kristiansen * Anne-Lise Fredericksen * Inge Yost * Ragna Watt * Lynn Hedekar * Vibeke Sandberg * Gill Johansen * Lena Tsuji * Lillian Howard-Gibbon * Ane Street * Grethe Philipsen * Louise and Carsten Krogh * Rebecca Taylor
Lynne Hedekar also deserves a thank you for finding the two hard-working girls that helped serve and clean up.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who turned up to set up and decorate the tables for our party, And to those who stayed to help clean up.
Many, many thanks for all the wonderful donations of raffle prizes: The Danish Federation * Vibeke Sandberg * Inge Yost * Jytte Larson * Tom Johansen * Joachin & Tove Schindler * Rita & Emil Sorensen * Shelagh Boggs * Ane Street * Jeanice & Erik Hansen
Thank you Tom Hedekar, our Club's President, for the photos!
Thanks to our member Louise Krogh for all of her photos! We very much appreciate all the chefs who creaated such a lovely Danish feast! Click here to view more Danish Canadian Club 30th Birthday Party Photos!
We have more sad news...
Johanna Nielsen, wife of our late president Niels John Nielsen, has also passed away.
Johanna Nielsen - August 9, 1946 - February 10, 2019
Easter Church Service will be held Saturday, April 13th at 2:00 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 2174 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo. Pastor Susanne Ovalo Rasmussen will lead the Service. Coffee & tea to follow. Please call Vibeke for more information at (250) 585-8122
Louise Krogh has shared these Photos and even some videos with us. Thank you, Louise!
At any of the Danish Club's Party's or Events it is encouraged that you bring your camera or phone and take photos to share with us on our website! This way we capture the fun times!
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Here is a story about some ladies that enjoy meeting once a month to share a nice lunch, laughter and jokes. They enjoy knitting and crocheting around a dining room table.
Our "syklub" started 14 years ago with 10 'girls', just enough to have everybody seated around a dining room table. We still meet every last Monday of the month at 12:30. We take turns to have the meetings, and a nice lunch is served at a very prettily-set dining table. It is always exciting to see what the hostess has made for us. There is a good feeling and there is lots of laughter and jokes told around the table.
After "tak for mad", we again get hold off our knitting needles or crochet hooks and work until coffee time. We end our "symode" with singing a song written in the honor of our group.
In the month of December, we have "Julestue", a day where we bring something for a potluck lunch, do a gift exchange, watch a movie, drink some Danish gløgg (wine & rum with added cinnamon, orange zest, cloves, crushed cardamom, raisins, and peeled almonds that you eat with a spoon while you sip your gløgg). Then have some Danish æbleskiver and klejner (Danish fried twists). We call this Danish tradition "Julehygge". It is the same as "hygge", but just with lots of Christmas, friends and celebration!
- Submitted by Vibeke Sandberg
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Knud Bent Thaagaard
January 28, 1933 - February 13, 2019
Born in Sæsing, Denmark, Bent came to Canada at the age of 22. His adventurous streak took him from construction work in Calgary to farming in Claresholm and hotel ownership in several Alberta towns and in Nanaimo. In 2001, he settled into his own piece of paradise at Pryde Vista Golf Course. Bent loved to travel and saw many parts of the world with Thelma, his wife of 59 years. He was a member of the Kinsmen in Alberta and Gyro in Nanaimo and was a founding member of the Vancouver Island Danish Canadian Club since 1989. He is survived by Thelma, son David and daughters Marianne and Karen and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Torben (Toby) Kristoffersen