20000 Soldiers and guests came to the induction
At the beginning of June the construction of the memorial was finished so far, that it was possible to define June 18th 1896 as the fixed date for the induction. After "Kaiser" Wilhelm II, grandchild of "Kaiser" Wilhelm I, approved the programme the preparations were started. The nearby small towns were asked to prepare themselves for the reception of the guests.
Wilhelm the II. arrived with a special train by secret travel route to the train station Roßla. There he was picked up by Fürst Günther von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (Prince Günther von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt)
Emperor and Prince on their way to the Memorial.
After the festive speech by Prof. Dr. Westphal and the allocution by the Emperor the memorial was handed to the public with 101 gun salutes.
Excerpts of the contemporary press (free translation)
Since it started raining in the afternoon of June 18th many guests left the Kyffhäuser-Mountains very soon. Therefore the merchants didn’t sell their goods and made disprofit.
The wood-shop offered paper cups with the emblem of the Kyffhäuser for the served drinks. Unfortunately they dissolved when filled with the drinks and therefore weren’t suitable.