„Res publica – one hundred years full of events“

The year 1918 is of particular relevance in Austrian history marking the end of both World War
I and the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, as well as the beginning of the Republic – later termed
the First Republic. A grand event, such as the Officers› Ball, invariably should be celebrated and
especially this year, 2018, to mark this outstanding hundredth anniversary. We are commemorating today with the greatest of respect the generation that, 100 years ago and under the most difficult circumstances, extricated small «residual» Austria from a major state entity, instilling new life in it.

No cause for alarm this is not going to be a history lecture, but one concluding remark is called for in this context: In the dramatic ups and downs of the subsequent decades, during these truly eventful one hundred years, the Austrians never lost their ability to keep their cheerfulness and feelings for that which is good. Today we are proud of our Austria, which, although small in size, is a great place to live, where guests from all over the world come with good reason and where everyone can feel at ease. We also would like you to feel at ease at the Officers› Ball and are happy to offer you a proper
«feel-good-package», made up of the best dance music of all styles, elegant bars and magnificent halls, in an enthralling ambiance and surrounded by beautiful flower arrangements.

The Republic of Austria consists of nine provinces. You will be able to enjoy their musical diversity, not least inspired by an incomparable landscape, by watching a series of dances, songs and music performances. The provincial military bands will be proud to represent their provinces, sharing with you the nation›s musical richness.

The Latin res publica literally means «public matter» and stands for the government form «republic ». Is it not a delightful fact that the Viennese ball culture, as we enjoy it today, is a «public matter», meaning a pleasurable experience for everyman? Dear guests, make this «public matter» a common one, by sharing it with your family members, friends and colleagues. The officers of the Austrian Armed Forces warmly welcome you.