Two great occasions concerning two vastly different countries were
celebrated at the same time in July 2006 at the US Consulate in Chiang Mai.
These were the 230 year anniversary of the founding of the US and the 60
year anniversary of the Thai king’s accession to the throne.
Bauer, General Manager of Imperial Mae Ping Hotel (left) talking with Somock
Inthavong, General Manager of D2 hotel Chiang Mai (right).
Bea Camp, the U.S. Consul General together with David Summers welcomed
guests from various organizations from the government, private sector,
educational institutes and media of both Chiang Mai and nearby provinces,
including the consuls general of other countries. C-G Camp stressed that
Thailand and the US had enjoyed a long and good relationship; and since she
had been posted as US Consul General in Chiang Mai for the last two years,
she had learnt much about Thai culture and lifestyle.
left) ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, Honorary Peruvian Consul; Dararat Shinawatra
and George A. Sioris, former Ambassador of Greece.
She had observed the faithfulness and devotion that Thai
citizens demonstrated toward HM King Bhumibol, their revered monarch. This
was a great occasion in the history of both countries, because the US had
been established for 230 years and this year was the 60 year anniversary of
the king’s reign. “The US parliament’s resolution on June 22, 2006,
stressed on the friendship and cooperation of both countries, therefore, the
US National Day celebration was organized to jointly celebrate Thailand’s
great occasion, to offer a chance for Thai people residing in the US to show
their faithfulness toward the king,” said the US Consul General.
Dirksen, Honorary German Consul (center) and Wanpen Sakdatorn Dirksen with a
Everybody stood respectfully to attention on that day,
paying their respects to the king, while a military band played the Thai and
American national anthems before everyone raised their glasses and drank a
toast to celebrate both occasions.
Vilas Rujiwatanapong, Vice Governor of Chiang Mai addressed the assembly and
offered congratulations to the US and blessed the country and its president.
He expressed the hope that Thailand and the US would continue to have this
kind of good relationship; and especially with Chiang Mai.