Romania celebrates its National Flag Day on June 26. On this day soldiers from the main garrisons take part in public flag raising ceremonies. The raising of the biggest national flag in Harghita County stands out among the scheduled events. The ceremony will be attended by Interim Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea.
President Iohannis: I have a duty to ask Romanians to treasure the national flag
On Friday, the National Flag Day, President Klaus Iohannis issued a message in which he says the tricolour flag is an absolute symbol of Romanians everywhere, adding that he has a duty to ask Romanians to treasure and honour it.
“The tricolour is an absolute symbol of Romanians everywhere. The national flag proudly waves in Europe and the world; it is worn with dignity by our troops in the theatres of operations all around the world and accompanies the moments of joy of our victorious athletes. On this public holiday, I have a duty and a privilege to ask all Romanians to honour the national flag,” Iohannis is quoted as saying by the Presidential Administration.
He says the National Flag Day is a soul celebration for all Romanians.
“The flag as a national symbol reminds us permanently about the sacrifices of our forerunners for a modern Romania, a national, sovereign, independent, unitary and indivisible nation, a partner of NATO and trustful member of the European Union.”
Iohannis underscores that “the tricolour is the binder of generations of Romanians who have contributed to the construction of today’s Romania.”
“In our turn, it is our responsibility to bequeath a better Romania that is a truly strong nation,” says Iohannis, extending many happy returns of the day to Romania and its tricolour.
Acting PM Oprea: Tricolour flag, witness to our making as state, nation
Acting PM Gabriel Oprea said in a message to the National Flag Day on Thursday that every Romanian should show attachment to the national values, the more so “when the outer challenges are likely to maybe dent their importance.”
“The National Flag Day, June 26 is a time when we, more than ever, must ponder over the symbolism of the national flag, over the history of this hard tried country and particularly over the valuable contribution that each of us can make to building its future. In the heart of every Romanian, showing the attachment to the national values should have a special place, the more so now, when the outer challenges are likely to maybe dent their importance,” Oprea said in a message sent to Agerpres.
“I encourage the organisation of ceremonies for the public recognition of all those who proved heroism under the national flag colours, but also for the commemoration of the military who sacrificed their lives in the missions entrusted upon them by the country. The Romanian military sacrificed their lives for these three colours – red, yellow and blue – on the battlefield or in the operation theatres, defending the democracy and freedom we all enjoy today, and it is them who us back home honour and hold in regard,” he stressed.
According to the acting prime minister, “patriotism should not be like Sunday best”, but “a state of spirit, a constant attitude which we all owe Romania.”
“The tricolour flag has been witness to our making as a state and nation. But it is equally the landmark we must consider when looking towards the future. The tricolour is the proof of the unity that we must preserve. It is the proof of the courage and spirit of sacrifice that must animate us when we build our future. /…/ The tricolour is the vow that each generation, us included, makes for the defence of the country and the ancestral faith. Each of us is part of history and we all owe it to honour the symbols of our national identity”, the caretaker head of Government said