On May 13, 1916, the Danish cruiser, Valkyrien arrived in Frederiksted with His Excellency, Governor Helweg-Larsen on board. 🇩🇰
The governor was scheduled to attend a Colonial Council meeting later that afternoon.
Valkyrien's Band Plays Ashore
On many occasions when the VALKYRIEN was in port, the ship's band played ashore for the citizens enjoyment. 🎼
On this particular day, they stood in formation and marched past the Oval to honor their commander, Henri Konow. They played, "Sons of the Brave" and "It's a long way to Tipperary" among other songs. 🎷 🎺 🎻
Click on the youtube links below to hear them!
It must have been an enjoyable experience for the nearby residents to hear such fine music emanating though their homes. 🎼
Honoring the Chief in the Heat
Interestingly, one of the sailors wrote a postcard to his family at home describing this very day. He wrote, "Marching through the main street of Frederiksted after doing a ceremony honoring the Chief, 40 degrees celsius!" ~ (104F)
Dressed in long sleeves, in one hundred and four degree weather, Valkyrien's Band members proved their dedication, both to the people of St. Croix and to their Commander. 🇩🇰
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