The British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars were commemorated on Sunday at the Tancabesti Cemetery during a ceremony attended by members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest, representatives of the Royal House and of the British community from Romania.
Among those who paid tribute to the military, welcomed by Ambassador Paul Brummell, there were US Ambassador to Bucharest Hans Klemm, German Ambassador to Bucharest Cord Meier-Klodt, Ambassador of France Michele Ramis, and Princess Maria. Flower wreaths were sent from the Romanian Presidency, from several embassies and associations of war veterans, but also from individuals who wanted to pay homage to the military.
The ceremony included interventions by British Defense Attaché Neville McNally, Reverend Jonathan Stewart and a priest from the Romanian Ministry of Defense. At the end of the ceremony, the children attending were invited to lay flowers on the graves of the soldiers.
The Tancabesti event is part of the Remembrance Sunday series – an annual commemoration of all those in the UK and the Commonwealth who lost their lives through war, in the service of their country.
Defense Attaché Neville McNally explained in a video posted at the end of the week on the Facebook page of the British Embassy in Bucharest about the significance of this moment. “It is a long custom which began in the aftermath of the First World War. Later, it was extended to the memory of those who died in all wars,” he said.
McNally said in the same video that “2017 is the most important year in the history of the Romanian-British bilateral relations in the field of Defense”. “In this context, we hold the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony,” he pointed out.
The event is dedicated both to soldiers who died on mission and to survivors of armed conflicts and families of military personnel, “those who lived with the scars of war, the families of the dead and those who were injured,” the official explained.
He talked about “Poppy Appeal” – a fundraising campaign for veterans and military families. In exchange for a small donation, people receive an artificial poppy – a flower that has been a symbol of military sacrifice since the end of World War I.
The Tancabesti Cemetery is one of the three Commonwealth cemeteries in Romania where soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in the two world wars are buried.
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