The Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Powers in Europe-a division of the North Atlantic Organization-observed the tenth anniversary of its founding in Paris, France, April 6.
GV SHAPE Headquarters with flags
LV Helicopter landing with Johnson
LV Johnson out of helicopter, greeted by Norstad
CU Johnson, Norstad, and U.S. Ambassador in Paris
SV Johnson and Norstad walk away to SHAPE building
CU Sign Supreme Allied Commander Europe
SV Norstad speaks - (SOF)
SV Crowd listens
SV Johnson speaks - (SOF)
LV Johnson speaks (SOF)
CU NATO flag
LV NATO troops in national uniforms
LV Troops with national flag
SV Troops marching past
CU Troops raise swords
LV British troops, TILT to flags
LV Greek troops marching past
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 10: General Lauris Norstad: "In this ceremony marking our tenth anniversary, we have one very simple function: to rededicate ourselves to the task assigned to us. We personally pledge support to the aims of NATO's founders as expressed in the Treaty itself. The parties of this Treaty reaffirm their faith in the purpose and principles in the Charter of the United Nations, and their desire to live in peace with all people and all Governments."
SEQ 12: Vice-President Lyndon Johnson:"....that the United States is resolved to do everything within its power-and I emphasize the word everything-to enhance the strength and the unity of the North Atlantic Community. A more cohesive and powerful Europe within a developing Atlantic community is needed to undertake the large task which lies ahead. The essentially national and loosely coordinated efforts in the past will no longer suffice".
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Background: The Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Powers in Europe-a division of the North Atlantic Organization-observed the tenth anniversary of its founding in Paris, France, April 6.
The proceedings began with a symbolic flag-raising ceremony; there are 15 NATO countries. The band of the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry (from Britain) played military tunes-one number appropriately called "Attention".
The Supreme Commander, General Lauris Norstad, said during his address:
Another speaker.... Vice-President Lyndon Johnson of the United States. He said:
It was in 1950 that the North Atlantic Council approved the establishment of an integrated force for the defence of western Europe a Supreme Headquarters. General Eisenhower was the first Supreme Commander--succeeded by General Ridgway, Gruenther and Norstad. General Norstad, an American, has held the office since 1956.