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Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by 
officials of Denmark and the Fair at flag raising 
ceremonies for the Pavilion of Denmark at the 
New York World's Fair, September 30, 1963. 

[Chief of Protocol] : Your Excellencies, ladies and gentle- 
men. On the site of today's ceremony a pavilion will arise 
which will represent a country that is small in actual size 
but large in the respect and admiration it enjoys in the 
eyes of the world. The history of Denmark in war and 
in peace is a history of a gallant and industrious people, 
whose contributions to western civilization cannot be 

1 should like to introduce to you a distinguished Dane 
who has served in his country's foreign service for forty 
years and whose duties have taken him to nearly every part 
of the world. He is former Danish Ambassador to Peru 
and now the distinguished and very popular Consul Gen- 
eral of New York City, His Excellency Viggo Jensen. 

I am privileged to present to you our first speaker, the 
former Governor of New York State. The Honorable 
Charles Poletti. 

International Affairs and Exhibits] : Thank you. Ambas- 

sador Patterson, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign 
Affairs, distinguished and charming wives, other distin- 
guished officials of Denmark and friends. I'm very happy 
to be here at this dedication. We are delighted that Den- 
mark is going to be here with the family of nations that 
is participating, and we are pleased that Denmark is 
going to hold such an important and significant corner. 
Denmark's site is right near the main entrance where 
60-65% of the people will come in by subway and Long 
Island Railroad, including those on their way to the Uni- 
sphere.® Thus it will be difficult for anyone coming to 
this New York World's Fair not to stop and see the 
Pavilion of Denmark. 

The Pavilion of Denmark has been made possible in 
large measure because of the devoted and energetic per- 
sistence of a few people. The first person I would like to 
mention, Erik Stockmann, deserves much of the credit for 
our having a Danish Pavilion. We are very proud to 
recognize his contribution. We hope we shall have many 
occasions to make him feel that we of the New York 
World's Fair Corporation are exceedingly grateful to him 
for what he has done to achieve a Pavilion of Denmark. 

I would like also to make special mention of Kai Johan- 
sen. We have seen him on our trips to Denmark and we 
always found in Johansen a warmhearted, cordial, under- 
standing, sympathetic fellow. 

The third person I would like to mention is a member 
of our own staff. In spirit he is very much a Dane, and 
I can't think of any human being who labored more 

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energetically and more steadfastly in order to persuade 
the powers that be to have a pavilion representing the 
people of Denmark. I am happy to pay special tribute to 
him today — our associate Douglas Beaton. 

We think that your pavilion is going to be very sig- 
nificant. You have so much to show, particularly in your 
great fields of crafts. Your pavilion will afford the oppor- 
tunity of seeing your fine work in silver and stainless steel, 
your furniture, your china, and all your other excellent 
products. I'm delighted that you are going to have an at- 
traction that will evoke the fondest recollection of all of 
us — one of the most delightful and charming spots any- 
where in the world — your Tivoli Gardens. We are happy 

The Pavilion of Denmark, 
designed by the well-known 
Danish architect, Erik 
Moeller, is sponsored by 
private industry and 
commerce with the Danish 

Agricultural Marketing Board as the major 




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that, as a result of the special interest and contribution 
made by the Mayor of the City of Copenhagen, we are 
going to have a little bit of Tivoli. 

Besides all your fine products, we are pleased to have 
you because your country means a lot to the people of 
the United States. We know your people as an industrious, 
intelligent, charming and wholesome people. But above- 
all, we Americans think of the people of Denmark as 
friends — ardent, loyal, steadfast friends, friends of the 
people of the United States, and, I may add, friends of 
liberty and freedom and justice throughout the world. 

It is in that sense that we are proud to be here today 
at this dedication ceremony for the pavilion representing 
the people of Denmark. Thank you very much. 

nor- Poletti. Introducing the next speaker is never easy 
for me. He has accomplished so much for our city, for 
our state, for our country and in many countries abroad 
in so many ways. I shall merely tell you that he is the 
dedicated, dynamic president of the New York World's 
Fair, The Honorable Robert Moses. 

MR. ROBERT MOSES: Ambassador Patterson, and 
representatives of Denmark and friends. I can only echo 
what Governor Poletti has said. We wanted Denmark 
here for many reasons. Some of them, perhaps, frankly 
and unashamedly sentimental. It is a great country with 
a great reputation in the last war, and we wouldn't be 
without a Danish Pavilion. What Charlie said about 
Tivoli is wholly true. We tried again and again to figure 

out some way of getting a permanent replica of Tivoli 
here. Well, that takes a lot of doing. 

I guess most of you know a little bit about the back- 
ground of Flushing Meadow. It was a typical Long Island 
meadow with tortuous streams running through it, and 
I had the somewhat dubious honor of having to build a 
parkway through it. In the center was an enormous ash 
dump. It was quite a job to figure out what to do, and 
then miraculously along came the first world's fair. It 
enabled us to acquire all the land, to level the ash dump, 
and to drag these lakes that you see here on the south, to 
get ready for the first world's fair. 

When the first world's fair ended, there wasn't enough 
money left to finish the park. We did what we could, and 
then another miracle occurred — there was a second world's 

One of the things that we expect to do here is to finish 
the park. When all of the pavilions have gone, we are 
going to save the landscaping. Most of the utilities under- 
ground are permanent, and when it is all over, this will 
be the finest park in New York City. It is going to take 
a good deal of very prudent and careful management. In 
that process, we are interested not only in having a great 
many foreign states and domestic states, amusements and 
American industries; we are anxious to have really fine 
exhibits, and we don't care whether they are very large or 
very small. Most of us feel that it isn't the size of the 
exhibit that counts. 

But what we would miss most of all, and have missed 

Mr. Erik Stockmann, President of 
the Danish Agricultural Marketing 
Board, presenting a memento from 
Denmark to Governor Charles 
Poletti, as Mr. Moses looks on. 

Participating in the Danish Flag Raising 

Ceremony are: Robert Moses, Fair 

president, Governor Charles Poletti, Mrs. 

Per Haekkerup, His Excellency Per 

Haekkerup, Minister for Foreign Affairs 

of Denmark, and Mr. Erik Stockmann, 

President of the Danish Agricultural Marketing Board. 

in a few cases, are the countries that have been in existence 
a long time, those that have been, in a true sense, democra- 
cies before ours was thought of, those which have a civili- 
zation, history, and culture which we can't as yet pretend 
to have in this country. Denmark is certainly one of them. 
I join Governor Poletti in congratulating you for coming 
and promise that we shall give you every possible help 
in getting your exhibit under way. Thank you. 

AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: The motivating force 
behind Danish participation in the Fair was the Danish 
Agricultural Marketing Board of which our next speaker 
is managing director. It was through his initiative and 
dedication that Danish industry and commerce were 
brought into this project. I am highly honored to present 
to you the chairman of the Danish Fair Committee, Mr. 
Erik Stockmann. 

MR. ERIK STOCKMANN [Chairman of the Danish 
Committee for Fair Participation] : Thank you. President 
Moses, Governor Poletti, Foreign Minister Haekkerup, 
distinguished guests. It is an honor and a privilege, as 
president of the Committee for Danish Participation at 
this flag raising day, to greet you and speak our gratitude 
for the courtesy and cooperation shown us by the New 
York World's Fair. There is more in these words than 
convention, for we in Denmark are mindful that we came 
into the picture in the eleventh hour, or, I should perhaps 
add, five minutes after twelve, since the final confirmation 
of our desire to participate was not reached until July 
fourth, significantly on that very date which we also 

observe and celebrate in Denmark. 

To make up for the delay, we have put forth every 
resource of imagination and work to speed the plans. For 
this we arc thankful to all good forces on both sides of 
the Atlantic. I should like here to express our special 
thanks to our architect, Mr. Erik Moeller. Without his 
inspiration and artistic skill we should not have been able 
to reach so early this day's ceremony when the Danish 
flag will rise over what is to be the Danish Pavilion. 

We are happy also that we can here renew the tradition 
of Denmark's participation in the New York World's Fair 
of 1939-1940 here at Flushing Meadow Park. It is our 
hope and faith that the Danish exhibition, which will rise 
from this ground, will embody the best we can show the 
United States, here under the Danish flag, of Danish 
enterprise, work, culture, and service within agriculture, 
industry, craftsmanship and commerce, and will promote 
further the happy relationships, not only of trade, but of 
the friendship between our two countries, the United 
States and Denmark, the American and the Danish people. 
Thank you. 

much. Ladies and gentlemen, our next guest is a former 
journalist who for many years has been a distinguished 
member of Denmark's Parliament. Today, as his country's 
spokesman in NATO, in the UN, in the OECD, and in 
the negotiations between EFTA and the Common Market, 
he is recognized as one of Europe's best known and highly 
respected diplomats and statesmen. Therefore, I have the 

high honor to present the Foreign Minister of Denmark. 
His Excellency Per Haekkerup. 

Minister of Denmark]: President Moses, Governor Po- 
letti, ladies and gentlemen. It is indeed a great honor 
and a great pleasure to be here today. It has already been 
said, but I should like to repeat, that there has been for 
many years a fine and close relationship between the 
United States of America and Denmark. We in Denmark 
want this fine cooperation to be continued — on the po- 
litical side, on the economic side, in the cultural sphere — 
wherever we have the possibility. 

It was only a few years ago that the Danish King and 
the Danish Queen went to the United States and saw a part 
of your wonderful country. It was a part of what I think 
we called the Danish year in the United States. We tried 
then to present to you what we have achieved in Denmark, 
what we could offer you in an exchange of commodities 
as well as ideas. We have always underlined the great 
importance, from our point of view, of the good relations 
we have with the United States. We are the more happy 
that private circles in Denmark, that private forces, and 
that private initiative in agriculture, in industry, in handi- 
crafts, in. trade are now taking the initiative and making 
it possible for Denmark to take part in this very great 
World's Fair in New York. 

I know that much energy has been expended on both 
sides of the Atlantic. We are looking forward to the 
experiences we shall have here ; we are looking forward to 

the exchanges which we shall obtain through the Danish 
Pavilion and the contacts which we hope will be promoted 
through this initiative. I am in complete agreement with 
Mr. Stockmann when he said that what we wish is not 
only to have good economic relations between the United 
States and Denmark, but we believe sincerely that, if we 
have good trade relations and if we have good human 
relations between our peoples, we thereby contribute to 
establishing and guaranteeing the peace and the welfare 
of mankind all over the world. 

I see this World's Fair as one contribution to that end, 
and you have the wholehearted support and cooperation 
of the Danish people in the great task you are now — in 
205 days — going to establish here. I feel convinced, 
when I look at this place, that with the energy and the 
efficiency of the management of this World's Fair and 
with the energy and efficiency of the men and women be- 
hind this work, when I come back here in 205 days, I shall 
see a wonderful World's Fair here, and I am sure that I 
shall see a nice little Danish Pavilion, very well situated. 

They will see some of the Danish handicrafts; they 
will see some of the Danish skills. I hope they will drink 
some Danish beer and will eat some good Danish food. 
I am sure that they will be heartily welcome and that we 
can get good results in this spirit of understanding that 
this is just one more contribution to the intimate human 
cooperation between people throughout the whole world. 
I also wish to congratulate those who have taken the 
initiative for the Danish participation at this occasion. 


ERIK STOCKMANN, Chairman, Danish Committee for New York World's Fair U.S. Committee for Danish Participation in the New York World's Fair 1964-1965: 

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JUST LUNNING, Chairman, U.S. Committee for Danish Participation in the GUSTAV WEDELL ERIK JENSEN 

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ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of the Corporation and Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer