Aloha! I am very excited to be part of the American Days in my first year here in Germany and will gladly add some Hawaiian spirit to your wonderful program.
Germany and the United States of America share one of the greatest alliances and friendships the world has ever seen. The strong ties that exist between our two countries rest on an incredibly solid framework of political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, and academic partnerships. Our ties are further interwoven at the personal level. From the thousands of German immigrants who came to the United States and helped to build up our great nation, to the American pilots who flew food and supplies to the people of Berlin during the Airlift, this history of our nations is inextricably intertwined.
Our partnership in the 21st century continues through programs that involve new generations of Germans and Americans on topics ranging from culture, education and integration to energy, economics, and politics. Person-to-person exchanges and the opportunity to learn about each other and to learn from each other remind us that although we may often have different opinions, we still agree on our core values. Therefore, the American Days celebrated across Baden-Württemberg showcasing the richness and diversity of German-American cooperation in this beautiful state are a sterling example of what we can accomplish when we join forces and resources and work together.
The U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt is fortunate to have such extraordinary partners for this mission in the four German-American Institutes in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and Tübingen, and all of our other friends. A special thank-you and a big shout-out to Christiane Pyka and her team of the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum/ James-F.-Byrnes-Institut in Baden-Württemberg’s capital for bringing everybody together in organizing these American Days 2016!
James W. Herman III.
U.S. Consul General
U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt