NATO Day marked across the Alliance

  • 04 Apr. 2022 -
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  • Last updated: 04 Apr. 2022 13:31

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of NATO. Since its foundation on April 4th 1949, NATO has guaranteed the security and safety of Allied citizens in Europe and North America. Today, the Alliance includes 30 countries and one billion people.

Raising of the NATO Flag at the Arches of the Cinquantenaire in Brussels for the occasion of NATO Day

To mark this anniversary, capitals across the Alliance are illuminating buildings in NATO blue and raising the NATO flag at important monuments. In Brussels, for instance, flags are flying under the Cinquantenaire and at the entrance to the Atomium.

As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg writes in the foreword of his recent Annual Report for 2021, the Alliance stands united in the face of new security challenges:  “While our security environment has changed dramatically in the last decade, our fundamental values have not, and neither has NATO Allies’ commitment to protect and defend each other. The bond between Europe and North America is stronger than ever. Together in NATO, we will continue to keep our one billion people safe and free.”