Marc von Martial
From: Bonn, Germany
Just a bit of info on that ceremonial.
It can be traced back to the 30 Years War, although as it stands today it was more or less "invented" as a ceremonie by Frederick the Great.
It was not the first time the Bundeswehr did a "Großer Zapfenstreich". It´s done everytime a minister of defense is changing. As welcome to the new minister of defense and goodbye for the old one. It's been done for the one or other Bundeswehr related event or anniversary and even for dead politicians.
It's hardly to confuse with some SA schmuck mass relays marching through the streets and yelling "Heil Hitler". No goose stepping, involved too
The one is a very old german ceremonie, the other was a pathetic mass gathering that has no historical background and used "cool special effects", like with so many Nazi "ceremonies", to impress the small man on the street.
There was a bit of upset in Germany, but in no way so much as those "usual critics" wanted it to be. Those usual critics want everything Nazi related, I'm damn sure one day they will ask to rename the country too. If the majority of the people that protests against this is communist, extrem left wingers, black block, anarchists and activists then it says a lot about how much of a "problem" it really is. In fact nobody really cares if they do it or not.
I didn´t really hear a bad word about it from any european state official too.