Schoolchildren from all over Elberfeld gathered on May 23, 1925 and started singing choirs, historian Martin Hagemeyer reminded: "It was an emotional event." May 23, 1925, the Elberfeld youth on Freudenberg planted not only 1,000 oaks, beeches and firs each as part of the millennium, but also placed a three-meter-wide and 1.5-meter-high memorial stone.
In the post-war decades, the massive boulder was forgotten and nature took its course - in the Freudenberg Forest, the boulder was hardly visible for the trees in the past few decades. Anyone who nevertheless became aware of the boulder had to go through mud and undergrowth to find out what the stone and the weathered inscriptions on it were all about.
April 13, 2021
In 925 the powerful of the Duchy of Lorraine, which stretched from the North Sea along the Rhine to the Alps, recognized the rule of King Henry I instead of that of the King of West Franconia. A thousand years later, the Rhineland and with it the city of Elberfeld, aware of the difficult situation in Germany after the First World War (occupation of the Ruhr in 1923, occupation of the left bank of the Rhine 1918–1926), celebrated the anniversary of the Rhineland's membership of the German Empire. It is of course doubtful that contemporaries saw the union of the Saxons, Franks, Swabians, Bavaria and the Lorraine under one king as the birth of the German Empire. But the erection of this monument and the three-day celebrations were mainly influenced by the present of 1925.
The inscription on the boulder reads:
“Grove of Honor
Donated by the Elberfeld Youth
in memory of the millennial
Belonging to the Rhineland
to the German Empire
on May 23, 1925 ”
On the right side of the boulder, the oath of loyalty from Schiller's Wilhelm Tell has been driven into the stone:
“We want to be
People of brothers,
in no need
and danger! "
June 6, 2021
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