Swiss National Day Celebrations
The First of August is Swiss National Day and in Nyon the ceremony and celebrations will start at the Esplanade des Marroniers.
The evening will begin at 19:45 with an apéritif with music by the Municipal Fanfare Band.
At 20:20 there will be the ringing of bells
At 20:25 the official ceremony will begin presided over by Municipal Mr Maurice Gay followed by
The presentation of flags
The reading of the Pact of 1291 by M. Arnaud Hastoy
The Patriotic Prayer
The official address. This year it will be given by Mr Louis Derungs (elected personality of 2016 by La Côte newspaper). In 2013 Louis was in an accident near a railway line in Morges, this resulted in him being struck by 15,000 volts, consequently, he had to have two of his arms amputated and was told he may not walk again. Four years on not only is he walking but he is now inspiring others (see his Ted Talk at the end of this post) and has written a book about his experiences called 15’000 volts: Une méthode pour s’accomplir, un récit de résilience.
The address will be followed by a message from the pastor of Nyon churches
The singing of the Cantique Suisse
This is all followed by a parade that will leave the Esplanade and wind its way down to the Rive. Note: This event is where families and children carry lanterns and flags.
Programme here with the words to the Cantique Suisse for those who want to sing along!
Details here of Swiss National Day celebrations in Morges
and in Rolle
and in Coppet
Note: This parade is where families and children carry lanterns and flags – a fun Swiss tradition
There will be fireworks on the lake from 22:15