The Day of War Veterans was celebrated on Tuesday, at the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defence (MApN), in the presence of Defence Minister Mircea Dusa in a show featuring folk songs performed by well-known artists of the genre, such as Veta Biris, Gheorghe Rosoga, Sava Negrean Brudascu.
The show was dedicated to veterans, wounded, invalids and descendants of those perished in the Second World War, as well as for the personnel of the Ministry.
Mircea Dusa congratulated the veterans and offered them a memento on behalf of the MApN – a military compass.
“MApN and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) are dedicating this show to you who have made sacrifices so that Romania is what it is today. (…) You are not old at all, you are always youthful, you are those who respect national values the most, those who have put their lives in peril so that Romania have her borders”, said the Minister of Defence, at the end of the event.
During these days, the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Internal Affairs are organizing special events dedicated to the Day of War Veterans, at the anniversary of 70 years since the ending of the Second World War in all the large garrisons nationwide.
On Wednesday morning, a Veterans’ Marathon and a military and religious ceremony of laying wreaths took place at the Monument for the Country’s Heroes, situated on the esplanade of the Carol I National Defence University.
In addition, at the Palace of the National Military Center, the Solemn Gathering of veterans, wounded, invalids and descendants of those perished has been organized, as well as an exhibition featuring gear of the Romanian combatants in the Second World War.
President Iohannis: Thank you, venerable veterans, for your sacrifice!
President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday, April 29, the Day of War Veterans, released a message in which he voices gratitude for the veterans’ sacrifice for the country.
“Today, on the Day of War Veterans, we are paying homage to those who have unconditionally defended the country’s soil, no matter where they fought. On their anniversary, we ought to voice our gratitude for what they did in the service of the Romanian people,” reads the message released by the Presidential Administration.
Iohannis underscores that one of the most important pages in the history of Romania was written by the WWII heroes, today’s veterans.
“They are those who came back to their homes with an aching heart for the loss of their brothers in arms, with deep physical and psychological scars to be the living proof of the sacrifices of this hard-tested nation. These brave soldiers taught us that love for the country is not measured in words, but in deeds. Thank you, venerable veterans, for your sacrifice in the service of the country! You showed us what genuine patriotism, honour and dignity mean and you won a place for yourselves in the pages of the national history. Romania will be eternally grateful to you. Happy anniversary, our beloved veterans!’
Through Government Decision no. 164/2015, 2015 was declared the Year of War Veterans, while the Day of War Veterans is celebrated every year on April 29, being instituted through Government Decision no. 1222/2007 as a means of acknowledging the veterans’ merits in the defence of Romania’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and interests.
During the Second World War, Romania recorded 900,000 casualties – dead, wounded, missing in action, prisoners, and left disabled, of which around 92,000 dead. Currently, around 20,000 war veterans survive, as well as 760 women widowed in the war and approximately 102,000 widows of war veterans, Agerpres informs.