The national symbols are Romanians’ pride and they have to be respected, Defence Minister Mircea Dusa said during Monday’s ceremony held in Bucharest’s Tricolour Square to celebrate the National Anthem Day. “It is a day of national pride for the Army, firefighters, gendarmes and police officers. The national symbols – both the flag and the anthem – are unique, are the pride of a nation and they must be respected,” said Mircea Dusa.
Major Nicolae Gheorghita, with the Defence Ministry, made a presentation of the national anthem, highlighting that ‘Desteapta-te romane! (Awaken Thee, Romanian!)’ remains the song that has indisputably established itself in the entire revolutionary history of the Romanian people.
“Born out of the fortunate symbiosis between the musical genius of Anton Pann’s and Andrei Muresan’s well-known poem ‘Un rasunet’ [An Echo] in the historical context favoured by the revolutionary ideals at mid-19th century, ‘Desteapta-te romane!’ was remembered for decades by significant names of the Romanian culture. (…) Throughout the years, the lyrics and music of this wonderful anthem have marked the key-moments of the combat history of our nation, instilling courage and confidence in soldiers on battlefields,” said Nicolae Gheorghita.
Also attending the event were Minister of the Interior Radu Stroe, troops with the 30th Guard Regiment ‘Michael the Brave,’ the Defence Ministry’s representative music, representatives of some civil and military institutions, war veterans, reserved and retired military personnel.
Servicemen and servicewomen in other garrisons countrywide will take part in the public ceremonies marking the National Anthem Day, organized in collaboration with local public authorities. The National Anthem Day was proclaimed through the Law No. 99/1998 and is celebrated each year on July 29.