Authorities of Tulcea laid wreaths on Friday in the Heroes Cemetery of this city on the Danube River, in a ceremony of the series dedicated to the Romanian Navy Day.
Local officials and representatives of several parties and ethnic minorities also attended a religious service officiated by Bishop Visarion and a parade of a military guard of honour.
“Our appreciation and gratitude owed to navy heroes are unbroken, and no praise is too much for these brave men who gave their lives over time, faithful to their ultimate oath to defend the country,” Tulcea Prefect Marin Badita declared during the ceremony.
County Council Vice Chairman Vasile Strat evoked some bravery acts of the Navy heroes during World War II: ” On June 24 1941, on the front along the Chilia distributary [of the Danube], Soviet troops occupied Padina, but were repelled by the Tulcea Tactical Group and by the artillery of the 10th Infantry Division. (…) The Navy and the marines always had a difficult mission in this area, defending the Danube mouths – a task they sometimes carried out with the ultimate sacrifice.”
The Romanian Navy Day is officially celebrated on St. Mary’s Day (August 15). Events in Tulcea marked 155 years since the foundation of the modern Romanian Navy throughout the week, staring with an Open Doors Day in the military port. According to Agerpres, the Romanian Navy Staff will also lay wreaths and host sailors’ games on Saturday in Tulcea and Sulina.