In the German city of Hachenburg, in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, in the office of MEP Karsten Lucke, from May 9 to 11, an action is being held in support of Ukraine. It is dedicated to Europe Day, which is celebrated annually on May 9th. As part of this campaign, 30 blue sheep will “graze” in the office yard, ten of them will be in the colors of the national flag of Ukraine, with yellow scarves around their necks. During the events, these sheep will be sold, and the proceeds will be transferred to one of the charitable foundations of Ukraine.
“Blue Sheep” as a symbol of peace was created back in 2009 by the artists Bertamaria Reetz and Rainer Bonk. Since then they have been under the patronage of the European Parliament. The blue color symbolizes peace. It is used, for example, by the European Parliament, UNESCO and UN peacekeepers.
“Peace herds” of blue sheep have been traveling around Europe for several years and are exhibited in the central squares of different cities, from Berlin to Venice, as a symbol of peaceful human coexistence and tolerance. “Everyone is the same – everyone is important” – these words are written on the sculptures. This is the main slogan of the project. The “herd of the world” has already visited more than 200 cities in Germany and Europe.
Three days of solidarity with the people of Ukraine
The opening ceremony of the Europe Day celebration and the action of solidarity with Ukraine was attended by the President of the State Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate Hendrik Hering, Bundestag deputy Dr. Tanja Machalet and the author of the Blue Sheep, artist Bertamaria Reetz. “War in Ukraine prompted us, three politicians from the SPD, to hold the celebration of Europe Day in the colors of the national flag of Ukraine, as a sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, so some of the sheep, in agreement with the artist Bertamaria Reetz, were decorated with yellow scarves, “said Karsten, a member of the European Parliament, in an interview with DW Lucca.
From left to right: President of the State Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate Hendrik Hering, Member of the Bundestag Tania Mahalet, Member of the European Parliament Karsten Lukke and artist Bertamaria Reetz.
According to him, all these three days meetings with schoolchildren will be held in his office and in the garden in front of him. On May 9, the deputy met with students of one of the local gymnasiums. At the meeting, he told them about the work of the European Parliament, introduced them to the important problems that this main European body is solving and about its support for Ukraine in these difficult days of the war.
On May 10, elementary school students from another school will organize a bazaar in the garden of the MEP’s office with the sale of Ukrainian delicacies, and the funds raised will also go to help Ukraine. Thus, schoolchildren of the city of Hachenburg will demonstrate their solidarity with Ukrainian children. The events will also be attended by Ukrainian refugees who will talk about how they settled in Germany.
Artist Reetz will give Ukraine a blue sheep with a yellow headscarf
The creator of the blue sheep, Bertamaria Reetz, gladly accepted the invitation of MEP Karsten Lukke and came to the city of Hachenburg.
“My blue sheep have always embodied the idea of peaceful coexistence of people on our planet. And the fact that there is a war going on in Europe now worries me very much. That is why I agreed that my blue sheep this time be supplemented with yellow scarves, as a sign solidarity with the people of Ukraine. When I visit different cities with my “herd of peace” for charity events, I give one blue sheep to the city administration. I would like to send my blue sheep with a yellow scarf as a gift to Ukraine as a sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and wishes victory in this unequal battle for their freedom and independence,” Bertamaria Reetz emphasized in an interview with DW.