The National Day will be marked by grand military parades in Bucharest and Alba Iulia

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3500 Romanian and foreign militaries and 350 technical means will parade from the Triumph Arch in Bucharest

@Anca Ciornei

Approximately 3,500 troops and specialists from the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Interior and the Romanian Intelligence Service are going to participate on December 1, alongside troops from several allied or partner countries, in the military parade organized in celebration of Romania’s National Day, at the Triumph Arch Square, according to a press release of the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) .

More than 300 foreign troops to also participate in the parade will come from Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Moldova, Slovakia, USA, Turkey and Ukraine.

According to the MApN, there will be more than 350 technical means presented at the parade, out of which some 50 aircraft.

Bucharest will also host a military and religious ceremony, and a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Carol I Park.

On the occasion of the National Day, the representatives of the Romanian Army will participate, upon request and with support from the local authorities, in the preparations, organization and carrying out of the military, religious and wreath laying ceremonies, meetings with the military and war veterans, parades and exhibitions of military technique and weaponry in some of the garrisons where there are large units deployed.

The national flag will be hoisted in all the military institutions across the country, while the maritime and river ships will dress overall. Troops currently in mission in the theatres of operations will carry out military ceremonies and specific activities on the National Day.

1,500  militaries and 120 technical means at the parade in Alba Iulia

Alba Iulia municipality will host on December 1 a military parade, not just a march, as it initially appeared in the schedule of the events published by the local authorities. The reason of the radical changes in the event’s schedule is given by the presence of the PM Mihai Tudose in Alba Iulia, together with the heads of the two Chambers of the parliament, Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

According to those mentioned at a technical meeting hosted last Wednesday by the “Mihai Viteazul” Military National College, where all the involved factors have been present, around 1,500 militaries and 120 technical means will participate in the parade, unlike the previous year, when there were 600 militaries; there will be armored conveyors, cannons, and one of them will be presented, for instance, on a trailer, not to damage the road because of its weight and tracks. Equestrian means included in the parade will be a novelty. Also, if the weather will allow, several MIG Lancer aircrafts and helicopters will fly over the sky. A cannon of impressive dimensions will be brought on a trailer.

“We had a meeting with all the local officials considering that there is possible that on December 1, on the occasion of the National Day, the Alba Iulia Garrison will host a military parade both with pedestrian forces and with military technique from the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Interior. Following the approval given by the Minister of National Defense and by the Chief of the General Staff, approximately 1,500 militaries from MApN, MAI and SRI and approximately 120 technical means will participate” stated for the press the commander of the 4th Infantry Division “Gemina” from Cluj Napoca, Brigadier General Virgil Ovidiu Pop.

The parade will be attended by the following military units and institutions: 811 Dej Infantry Battalion, 812 Bistrita Infantry Battalion, 17 Mountain Huntsmen Battalion, 317 ISR “Vladeasa” Regiment, 50 “Andrei Muresanu” Antiaircraft Missile Regiment, 69 “Silvania” Mixed Artillery Regiment, 136 “Apulum” Military Engineering Battalion, “Mihai Viteazul” Military National College, the Land Forces Academy, the Gendarmerie, the Emergency Situations Inspectorate, the Romanian Intelligence Service and the Local Police.