DEFENCE

Romania celebrates NATO Day on April 3, National Defence Ministry opens doors to public on the occasion

The Ministry of National Defence (MApN) will be open to the public on Sunday between 8:30 and 13:00 hrs, on the occasion of the celebration of NATO Day in Romania; and a military ceremony dedicated to Romania’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance will take place as of 9:00 a.m.

“On the occasion of the Open Doors Day visitors can watch a weapons operation drill carried out by troops of the 30th Guard Brigade ‘Michael the Brave’, and will have the possibility to visit an outdoor military equipment exhibition and other themed exhibitions. At the same time, the ‘Steaua’ Army sports club and the Military Publishing House will organize presentation stands and other military inventions and technology will also be on display. Movies with military themes will be screened in the auditorium of the Ministry of Defence,” informs a release of Defence Ministry sent to Agerpres.

Romania officially joined NATO on March 29, 2004 following the submission of the ratification instruments to the US State Department – the depository for the original North Atlantic Alliance Treaty.

The submission of the ratification instruments was followed on April 2, 2004 by the ceremony of the official hoisting of the Romanian flag at NATO’s headquarters.

Under Law No. 390 of September 28, 2004, NATO Day is celebrated in Romania every year on the first Sunday of April.

“NATO Day is a public celebration of democracy, European and Euro-Atlantic spirit,” reads the MApN release.

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