More than 75 years after the end of the Second World War, the millions of people who died in the world wars and the victims of National Socialism are commemorated on the day of national mourning (3 p.m.) in Stuttgart. The speaker at the central commemoration on Sunday in the state capital is the President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Stephan Harbarth. Pupils from a high school in Stuttgart speak about the commemoration of the dead, and they also want to present their thoughts on war and peace. The ceremony is under the patronage of Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann and President of the State Parliament Muhterem Aras (both Green).
According to its own statements, the Volksbund looks after the graves of around 2.8 million German war dead at more than 830 war cemeteries in 46 countries on behalf of the federal government. "The huge burial grounds remind the living of the past and confront them with the consequences of war and violence," the Volksbund warned in advance. The National Day of Mourning is organized nationwide by the Volksbund every year in November.