Twelve Allies founded NATO in 1949. Today we are 29. Join us in celebrating the 70th anniversary of our Alliance.
To celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary, civilian and military personnel representing all 29 NATO nations assembled in the central Agora at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, representing their countries.
Walking in formation, the 12 founding members of the Alliance are joined by every other nation in turn, by the year of accession.
Flags of the nations joining are displayed on screen in alphabetical order.
57 individuals representing the military and civilian branches of 29 NATO nations walking together through the central Agora at NATO Headquarters.
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1949 [Flags of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States]
1952 [Flags of Greece and Turkey]
1955 [Flag of Germany]
1982 [Flag of Spain]
1999 [Flags of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland]
2004 [Flags of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia]
2009 [Flags of Albania and Croatia]
2017 [Flag of Montenegro]
SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH
‘We are NATO’
NATO started with 12 Allies in 1949.
Today we are 29.
Together we work to prevent conflict and preserve peace for nearly one billion people.
Join us in celebrating the 70th anniversary of our Alliance.
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