Romania marked on Sunday the National Flag Day, an event observed since 1998. A military ceremony took place in Bucharest’s Tricolour Square (outside the National Military Centre Palace), with soldiers of the 30th Guard Regiment hoisting the flag while the National Anthem was played. Similar ceremonies took place in all army bases in the country.
The National Flag Day was also celebrated on Sunday by the Romanian military at the Air Base of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
“Far from home, the military of the Force Protection Infantry Battalion ‘Calugareni’ belonging to the Land Forces, alongside those of the National Support Element deployed in the Kandahar Military Air Base have celebrated and honoured the Romanian Flag as it deserves. The National Flag was raised, not before being consecrated by chaplain Nicolae Nica. At the Calugareni Force Protection Infantry Battalion’s chapel, chaplain Nicolae Nica has also said a prayer for all the Romanian service persons in the operations theatres and in the country who are performing missions under the flag,” a release by the National Defence Ministry sent to Agerpres says.
President Iohannis: Flag Day – one of the most precious insignia of the national identity
The Romanians celebrate on 26 June one of the most precious insignia of the national identity – The Flag which represents today a modern Romania, a national, sovereign, independent, unitary, indivisible state, a trusted partner of the USA and a member of the North-Atlantic Alliance and of the European Union, on Sunday said president Klaus Iohannis.
“This day, full of deep significance, is offering us the opportunity to meditate to our nation’s history, as well as to the contribution each and every one could have to crayoning its future. The tricolour reminds us of noteworthy moments of the becoming of the Romanian state, that are witness to the love for our nation, to the will for unity and freedom, to the honour and glory of our people,” says the message by president Iohannis on the National Flag Day.
According to him, the future generations must be educated “in the spirit of love for the Romanian values.”
“It should love and respect all that Romania’s Flag stands for, and to pass these noble feelings to the future generations, by educating them in the spirit of love for the Romanian values, as they are listed ever since 1848 on its folds: freedom, justice and brotherhood. I therefore send a message of gratitude to our ancestors for their sacrifice in the fight for unity and independence, as well as to the Romanians everywhere who feel proud of their belonging and of our national values,” said Klaus Iohannis.