The body of Romanian corporal, advanced post-mortem to sub lieutenant, Constantin-Laurentiu Lixandru was repatriated yesterday. A special military and religious ceremony was to held on Otopeni Airport in memory of the officer, who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Thursday, according to Mediafax. Lixandru, 30, is survived by his wife. The repatriation and burial costs will be covered by the Defence Ministry, Minister Gabriel Oprea said.
Besides being advanced in rank, the fallen officer is also to receive the Romania Star National Order as Knight, under a proposal made by the Defence Ministry to President Traian Basescu.
Both the president and the Ministry of Foreign affairs sent out messages of condolences for Lixandru’s death. “In these painful moments, I wish to present my respects to the family (…) and colleagues of this hero who fell in the line of duty and also express my respect for the courage and devotion corporal Lixandru shows at the service of peace and security,” a message from Basescu reads.
US Ambassador to Romania Mark Gitenstein also issued a message of condolences. “Sub Lieutenant Lixandru’s sacrifice was made in pursuit of a noble cause, opposing extremism in Afghanistan and providing a better future for all its citizens. The courage of Romania’s soldiers in the NATO mission there is admirable and the United States is proud to have Romania as one of our closest allies,” the message reads. Lixandru is the 18th Romanian soldier killed in Afghanistan.