Minister of National Defence Mircea Dusa, attending on Saturday the military ceremony organised in Targu Mures to honor May 9, said that the Ministry insisted that the amplest celebrations in the country be organized in Targu Mures, just a few kilometers from Oarba de Mures, the site of fierce battles during WW II, which claimed the lives of more than 11,000 Romanian troops.
“We wanted Targu Mures to host the amplest May 9 military ceremonies in the country, given that not too far from here, at Oarba de Mures, 11,000 Romanian troops died in the Second World War,” said Dusa.
He stressed that in 2015, declared “Year of the War Veterans,” the military were particular about honoring the veterans for their courage and sacrifice, for selflessly endangering their life for Romania to become what it is today.
The Minister underscored that the Romanian Armed Forces are well prepared to fulfill their constitutional and legal duties.
“The Romanian Army is ready to fulfill its constitutional and legal responsibilities, and the measures decided upon at the Wales Summit and at the NATO Defence Ministers meeting this February, of reassuring NATO and the EU’s eastern flank, are capable of ensuring the security of Europe, NATO and of Romania. Romania is a stable state, a state that relies on its own special security policies, and counts on solid guarantees as a NATO and EU member; we have the partnership with the U.S. to rely upon, but also other partnerships with Poland, Turkey and other NATO countries. What we undertake to secure the eastern flank are measures aimed at ensuring the security of entire Europe,” said Mircea Dusa.
At the ceremony in Targu Mures, the Minister of National Defence awarded 35 veterans, as well as master sergeant Gabriel Pop of 6th Special Operations Battalion, a multiple national and international champion in parachute jumping. Pop put his skills on show on this festive day, skydiving while carrying a huge flag of Romania, and members of the Romanian Air Club gave the salute in a synchronous flight show.
Besides the military parade lining units from Targu Mures, Alba Iulia, and Bistrita, the brass band of the 4th “Gemina” Infantry Division offered a recital of military and popular music.