Thomas holdt den 7. mai tale ved Vestre gravlund. Dette var i forbindelse med en seremoni hvor ambassadører og forsvarsattacher hedret sine borgere som døde for Norge under andre verdenskrig. Det er flere minnestener som hedrer disse menneskene og hver minnesten fikk en krans nedlagt. Veteraninspektør Kristin Lund la også ned en krans. Talen er i sin helhet gjengitt her:
Officers and veterans,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Some time ago, my grandmother passed away.
When World War II came to Norway, she was 17 years old.
She was the only girl in the family and one day when she came home from school, her mother met her outside of their house and calmly said: » The boys have gone to war. «
Two of her brothers left for England to join an SOE company called: Linge.
After commander Linge was shot dead a year later, one of the brothers left the company and became a pilot.
In 1945 his plane crashed in the North Sea close to shore. The smoke column could be seen billowing into the sky from land.
My grandmother told me that her mother, with grief in her voice had uttered the words: » Olav will not be coming home.»
We are many nations gathered here to commemorate the people who lost their lives in the struggle for a peaceful world.
Behind all those recalled, there are families.
There are children, grandchildren, and there are proud nations.
Each one of the fallen we commemorate today sacrificed their life for the freedom we now have.
See not only the stones but also see their names, and reflect over their sacrifice.
The generation that took part in the fighting during World War II is no longer as plentiful as they once were.
New generations grow up and fill the ranks.
With the generation that is diminishing, there is also a great risk that the stories about them will disappear.
Here we all have an important responsibility for the future.
We are responsible to keep their stories alive.
We are responsible for ensuring that their sacrifice was not in vain.
Today’s world community is a safer community.
The world today is more free than it was before World War II.
Today many nations contribute together in international operations.
They believe that there is hope.
The legacies of our ancestors are maintained through the soldiers of our time.
Together the soldiers of our time work every day to maintain peace and security worldwide.
I myself am one of those who feel the responsibility to contribute to bring peace and security to our society.
A sense of duty that is difficult to explain.
Nordahl Grieg came with an admonition that can be read on a memorial in Normandy.
» Son, defend the freedom your father won «
Perhaps it is the echo of the war generation that gives us this sense of duty.
Every day, young men and women from many different countries makes a difference around the world.
From a small group of UN observers, major naval operations at sea to challenging peace enforcement operations around the world.
There are, many challenges that are complex and demanding.
We currently have tense situations not far from us right now.
However , through tolerance and dialogue , we can also master these challenges.
We have more tools to deal with difficult conflicts than before.
We have better cooperation between states.
We have recognized the individual’s right to live.
I stand here today in front of these memorials and I’m proud.
Proud to say that we have made a difference.
Proud to say that we are preserving their legacy.
We shall remember their sacrifice, and we honor those who carry their heritage of freedom forward.
Thomas i munter samtale med FVI Kristin Lund.