Orkney’s special friendship with Norway was celebrated on Monday 17 May – Norwegian Constitution Day.
A remembrance service was held at the Norwegian war graves in St Olaf’s cemetery.
Council Convener Harvey Johnston was present at the graveside service.
“These young men gave their lives for Norway and, very much, for us. It is very important we remember that – the sacrifices they made for us must never be forgotten. The Orkney and Norway friendship has gone on for well over 1,000 years now and it is something that is such an important part of our heritage, history and culture – it is part of who we are.
“This is a regular part of our calendar and it is the Orkney Norway Friendship Association that has kept this going and I am very privileged to be part of it.”
Norway’s Consul in Orkney, Leslie Burgher, added: “Constitution Day is Norway’s biggest celebration – a day when the entire country comes to a halt; wears national costume and they remember the setting up of the country. It is a big day for children and families and, as part of that they have a commemoration of those who have gone before and especially those who have died in war.”
He explained that this year the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have placed little graveside plaques with pictures of the men lost in war – bringing their stories to life.
Mr Burgher said: “Remembrance is tremendously important. While it has been a slightly difficult year, it is nothing compared to the five years that people experienced in the war and so many did not come back at all.”