Honorary Consul Douglas Berry Honored with the Officer's Cross of the German Order of Merit
Enlarge image (© Germany.info) Douglas Berry, German Honorary Consul in Nashville/TN, has been honored by the Federal Republic of Germany with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit for his outstanding efforts to promote German-American relations in Tennessee. On January 26th, Consul General Detlev Ruenger presented the award on behalf of Federal President Joachim Gauck in a ceremony held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Doug Berry's links to Germany date back to the early 1970 when he spent a year as an exchange student in Marburg. After finishing his law studies and while working as a lawyer, he continued to engage in German-American relations and got involved in the American Council on Germany and the Atlantic Bridge. In 1992, as a member of the Planning Committee for Young Leader Conference, Douglas Berry encourage establishing a network across the Atlantic.
Enlarge image Honorary Consul Doug Berry (left) with Consul General Detlev Ruenger (© Germany.info) In his speech, Consul General Ruenger praised Doug Berry's exceptional efforts in promoting a city partnership between Nashville and Magdeburg, Germany. The partnership flourished due to his committment to organizing delegation visits and exchange programs between the two cities.
In 2004, Douglas Berry took office as German Honorary Consul for the state of Tennessee in his hometown of Nashville. For 12 consecutive years, he successfully representing Germany's interests in Tennessee and assisted many German citizens and companies.
Enlarge image (© Germany.info) In his words of gratitude, Consul Berry reflected on the significance of the Order of Merit to him and thanked his business partners, friends and family who attended the ceremony.
The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was created in 1951 and is bestowed upon recipients for exceptional services in political, economic, social and spiritual matters.