Romania is today a full member of the most powerful alliances in the world and the Romanian Army shall never forget the example set by its ancestors, Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) Mircea Dusa said on Saturday at the military and religious ceremony held in commemoration of the First World War heroes, who lost their lives in the Oituz Battle.
“The courage and military mastery proved by the Oituz heroes made possible this moment today. There has been a century during which Romania remained united, independent and capable of developing what was once built on sacrifice. We are today a full member of the most powerful alliances of the world and the Romanian Army shall never forget the example set by its ancestors,” said Mircea Dusa, in his speech delivered at the ceremony occasion by the centenary of the Oituz fighting.
He also added that “Romania, a pillar of stability and security in the region” is not just a mere slogan, but represents the international appreciations that our partners in the alliances and world leaders expressed in numerous occasions.
“At the same time, it represents the result of the firm commitments that our country made within such alliances and the manner in which it achieved them. From the point of view of contemporary history, Romania’s accessions to NATO and the European Union were decisions that brought both rights and obligations for us. The fact that we can now discuss about the capabilities from Deveselu, from the Mihail Kogalniceanu military base and the Multinational Brigade located in Craiova all represent proofs that the decisions were good and that Romania is now one of the most important elements of security in the South-East European area,” underscored Dusa.
He went further to point out that the geographical area where Romania is situated represents “an area that today, the same as 100 years ago, has its challenges.”
“It is our duty to invest all that we have best, either if we speak of financial resources or human resources, to maintain this peace and security we have enjoyed over the past decades and for which our ancestors gave their lives,” said Dusa.
In this context, the MApN official remembered the historical moments occurred over August 8-22 1971 in Oituz and emphasized the role played by the 15 Infantry division, also known as the Iron Division, brilliantly commended by General Eremia Grigoresu, and also the heroism of the Romanian soldier and of caporal Constantin Musat, who refuses to be discharged, although he had one arm missing.
“The same as it happened at Marasti and Marasesti, the Romanian troops taught a lesson of courage and military tactics. If we think only about the German and Austro-Hungarian troops and outnumbering the 4th Romanian Army by 20 battalions, we realize that the ideal that animated our soldiers stood above everything else,” Dusa said.