All garrisons countrywide have celebrated on Wednesday Romania’s National Anthem Day through military ceremonies of flag raising and national anthem rendition, a religious memorial to the military who have given their lives, and an Honour Guard parade.
Tenor Vlad Mirita sings the national anthem in Bucharest downtown square
Tens of people attended the ceremony marking Romania’s National Anthem Day on Wednesday morning in the Tricolour Square in front of the Palace of the National Military Circle of Bucharest, an event organized by the Ministry of National Defense (MApN).
The ceremony started with a religious service, followed by a brief presentation on the history and the symbolism of the lyrics of the anthem.
The event continued with a performance by the military music bands of the MApN, Mihai Viteazu Guard Regiment, Argedava 1st Mechanized Brigade and Romanian Gendarmerie, according to Agerpres.
The ceremony featured tenor Vlad Mirita signing the national anthem and ended with a parade of the Honor Guard.
“We, the servicemen and I personally, for 50 years now, have seen the army under the tricolor flag, and after every victory in my life as a serviceman I piously listened to this anthem, which comes to bind, to root the Romanian people and it is a beautiful thing that the representatives of the people have thought about honoring the anthem through such ceremonies”, declared General Marin Dragnea, president of the National Association of Romanian Veterans.
On July 29, 1848, the song “Awaken Thee, Romanian!” was interpreted for the first time in the town of Ramnicu Valcea. At the origin of the National Anthem of Romania stays the patriotic poem “An Echo” (“Un Rasunet”) written by Andrei Muresanu, published in 1848, on a melody picked by Anton Pann.
“Awaken Thee, Romanian!” has been banned during the ruling of the communist regime for about half a century. In spite of the ban, it was sung during an uprising in Brasov on November 15, 1987 and during the December 1989 Revolution.
The anthem was sung during the Independence War, both World Wars, and upon the Romania’s Great Union in 1918.
It became Romania’s National Anthem again, immediately after the December 1989 Revolution; it was enshrined in the Constitution of 1991. Under the current Constitution, the national anthem, national flag, coat of arms and state’s seal are national symbols.
President Iohannis: National anthem a call to preserve Romanian dignity, civic solidarity
‘Awaken thee, Romanian!’ has become a historic and moral landmark due to its call for Romanians to remain involved and aware of their role in preserving national dignity and civic solidarity; singing it prompts a feeling of pride, affection and devotion towards the motherland, as well as solidarity and national unity, President Klaus Iohannis stated on Wednesday. July 29 is Romania’s National Anthem Day, celebrated nationwide through military ceremonies of flag raising and national anthem rendition.
“The National Anthem is a part of our national expression, a symbol of our bond with the past and with our fundamental values. One hundred sixty-seven years ago, on July 29, 1848 in Ramnicu Valcea, a group of enthusiastic young people sang Andrei Muresanu’s patriotic poem ‘An echo’, which they transformed into ‘Awaken thee, Romanian!’ – the anthem of the Revolution of 1848. The anthem has become a historic and moral landmark due to its call for Romanians to always remain involved and aware of their role in preserving national dignity and civic solidarity,” the Romanian head of state said in a statement to Agerpres on the National Anthem Day.
President Iohannis added that the national anthem symbolism alludes not only to national values, but also to the European values to which Romania is deeply attached. “‘Awaken thee, Romanian!’ speaks about fraternity, unity as well as freedom and courage”, Iohannis pointed out.
According to the head of state, “The National Anthem Day is and must remain one of those moments we solemnly celebrate, a jubilation of the spirit of the Romanian people, of all citizens, no matter where they are – within the borders or abroad.”
“Singing the National Anthem awakens in each of us the feeling of pride, affection and devotion towards Romania, as well as solidarity and national unity. ‘Awaken thee, Romanian!’ calls upon our national identity and upon the values that make us stronger in Europe and worldwide”, Iohannis stressed.
Acting Prime Minister Oprea: National anthem a fundamental symbol, token of nation’s journey
The national anthem is one of the fundamental symbols of the Romanian state as well as a token of the journey of the Romanian nation, and the day dedicated to this event pays homage to forefathers who sacrificed themselves for the country’s freedom, independence and territorial integrity, Gabriel Oprea, Minister of Internal Affairs and Vice Prime Minister (acting PM until August 9) stated on Wednesday.
“The Romanian National Anthem is one of the fundamental symbols of the Romanian state and a token of our journey as a nation. The very history of the national anthem ‘Awaken thee, Romanian!’ – approved of or forbidden depending on the political regime – is a token of the continuity of the unbroken spirit of the people and of its wish for justice and freedom. The National Anthem Day is a time for paying homage to our forefathers, those who, through their sacrifice, gave us today the privilege of freedom, independence and territorial integrity of Romania” Oprea said in a statement on National Anthem Day.
According to Oprea, the national anthem is a reminder of the sacrifice of Romanian servicemen who gave their lives to honour the oath of loyalty to their country in the theatres of operations or in domestic missions.
On this occasion, he prompted all Romanians to defend and to honour national symbols. “I invite you, therefore, to honour and defend the national symbols and to reflect on them, in order to pass them on to our children unadulterated, [while being] aware of our historic journey as well as our European destiny”, the message added.
Vice Prime Minister Oprea attended on Wednesday the ceremony celebrating the National Anthem Day in the Tricolour Square of Bucharest.
ForMin Aurescu: Romania’s anthem brings cohesion around belief
Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Wednesday, when Romanians celebrate the National Anthem Day, that the lines written by Andrei Muresanu in the ‘Awaken Thee, Romanian!’ anthem brought cohesion around a belief both for the generation from the 1848 Revolution and during the 1989 Revolution that toppled the communist rule.
“One of the national symbols that define the identity of the Romanian people, the anthem, equally means re-memorizing the history and is a catalyst of joy, pride and patriotism at the moments when it is played at official ceremonies or other solemn occasions, both at home and abroad. The mobilizing value of Andrei Muresanu’s lyrics gave strength to the Romanians, offered them hope at the hardest times of their history, brought cohesion around a belief, be it either the 1848 generation or the 1989 revolution”, Aurescu is quoted by a foreign ministry release to Agerpres.
The Romanian embassies, consular offices and cultural institutes based outside Romania organize or have already organized events and ceremonies to mark the National Anthem Day, alongside actions for the promotion of the Romanian traditions and cultural identity, thus strengthening the ties with the representatives of the Romanian communities in the host countries, the ministry underscored.
DefMin Dusa on National Anthem Day: Forces are ones respecting national symbols most
The forces are the ones who respect the national symbols the most, National Defence Minister Mircea Dusa said here on Wednesday, at a ceremony celebrating the National Anthem Day.
“The Romanian Army, the military institutions in general are the ones who respect the national symbols the most. Be it the flag, crest or national anthem. The national symbols are to be found on the uniforms of the Romanian forces, these important ambassadors of Romania in the world. By their presence in the operation theatres, they are respected by what they do for the world’s peace and stability. But in all their missions, the military are heartened by the national symbols. (…) We must do more in order to be proud of our symbols, to be proud of what it means to be Romanian, to be proud of what the Romanian represents in the world”, Dusa stressed.
The ceremony held at the Statue of the Romanian Soldier in Oradea’s December 1 Park, organized by Bihor County Prefect’s Office began by a moment of blessing and prayer for the Romanian people officiated by the garrison’s military priest Mircea Ionita, followed by a short history of the national anthem made by the dean of the Music College with Oradea University, Agneta Marcu.
The military brass band of the 30th Guard Regiment played army songs and the children of Dimitrie Cantemir School performed a short artistic show. The minister offered a tricolour flag to one of the pupils, who sang the national anthem.
The festivity ended in the march of the Guard of Honour made up of 200 forces of the 30th Guard Regiment, Oradea Transmissions Centre and the 52nd Engineers Battalion based in Satu Mare.
Also attending the festivities were the Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Nicolae Ciuca, Bihor County Prefect Claudiu Pop, Oradea Mayor Ilie Bolojan, parliamentarians and army officers.