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Jul 13 2010

Johnson Pays Tribute to Danish Vikings Days

Washington, DCU.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today paid tribute to Viborg’s annual Danish Vikings Day celebration.  Johnson entered a statement in the Congressional Record highlighting the event.

“This event has always brought together the Viborg community and I am certain it will be a success this year again,” Johnson said. “I am honored to highlight this celebration with a statement in the Congressional Record.”

Full text of the Congressional Record Statement from Johnson below:

Mr. President, today I rise in order to pay tribute to the Viborg annual Danish Vikings Days celebration.

The Viborg community showed its unity in 1999 when the Danish Days Committee began developing the Avenue of Flags. Over 100 flags are displayed on holidays to commemorate veterans and individuals from the area.

Named after Viborg, Denmark, this South Dakota town has maintained its ties to its Danish past. Following the notable feature of their Danish counterpart, the people of Viborg built Our Saviors Lutheran Church on the town’s highest point in 1911. When a post office and store were first established in this area, it was known as Daneville. With the coming of the railroad, Viborg was constructed half a mile away, and Daneville slowly ceased. Regardless of the town name, the Danish traditions remained in the area. 

Originally, Danish Days were celebrated to coincide with Denmark’s Independence Day on June 5, but has now been moved to the third weekend in July. This year’s events are July 16-18. It will include a presentation by Joy Ibsen on her new book of stories from Viborg, a parade, a golf tournament, an all-school reunion, and plenty of food. There will also be the 17th annual Leadership Luncheon, which starts the festival. The luncheon honors accomplishments in Viborg. Since 2003, this has included the Friends of Viborg Award. This year, the honor goes to the Viborg Public School’s past and current teachers, administrators, employees, and board members to recognize their notable contributions to the community. I am proud to recognize the recipients, and would like to join with the committee in sharing my appreciation for all these people have done.

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