One day before January 24, Romania’s flag was raised on the highest natural place in the Bucegi Mountains – the Omu Peak. The mission was successfully accomplished by a group of 10 gendarmes of the Mountain National Team, who marked the first action in the series of the events dedicated this year to the Centenary of the Great Union.
Romanian Gendarmerie has launched the mountain project “One team. One flag. One goal”, on the occasion of the celebration of the Centenary of the Great Union, in the memory of the Romanians and of the heroes of the nation who made the Great Union since 1918 to be possible. Especially for this project, a team consisting of 10 gendarmes well trained and experienced in the mountain field, called the Mountain National Team, was established; four of these gendarmes are members of the Sinaia Mountain Center for Training Improvement of the Gendarmes. The 10 gendarmes will carry out a number of activities to mark the important moments in the history of Romania, the World War I and the Great Union, by climbing the representative mountains of Romania, but also abroad, as well as by laying wreaths at the monuments of the heroes and displaying commemorative plaques. The first mission accomplished by the gendarmes was to climb the Omu Peak, with a height of 2,514 meters, in the Bucegi Mountain, and to hoist the national flag, which marked the start of the activities carried out under the project designed to celebrate the Centenary of the Great Union and the Little Union since January 24, 1859.
On January 23, in order to be able to reach the highest natural place in the Bucegi Mountains, the gendarmes had to go on a quite difficult route, given that the snow was pretty high. But the climb was successfully accomplished; when they arrived at the Omu Peak, their destination, they raised the Romania’s flag and shouted “Long live Romania!”
In this year’s timetable of activities, the Mountain National Team of the Romanian Gendarmerie has planned to mark the important historical moments by similar actions with the one accomplished by raising the Romania’s flag on the Omu Peak. Thus, the Union of Bessarabia with Romania will be marked by climbing the Ceahlau Mountains – Ocolasu Mare Peak (1,907 m) and hoisting the national flag; the battles from Marasti, Maraesesti, Oituz and Soveja will be marked by climbing and crossing the ridges of the Fagaras Mountains, as well as by hoisting the national flag on the highest peaks in the country, namely Moldoveanu Peak (2,544 m), Negoiu Peak (2,535 m), Vistea Mare (2,527 m), and Lespezi (2,517 m). The battle from Marasesti will be marked by crossing the Carpathians on the route between the Soveja Mountain Gendarmes Station (Vrancea County) and the Slanic Moldova Mountain Gendarmes Station (Bacau County) and by laying wreaths at the monuments of the Romanian soldiers who died in the World War I. A different event was designed to celebrate Romania’s entry into the war, namely by climbing the Elbrus Peak in Caucasus Mountains in Russia, the highest peak in Europe, and on this occasion, by laying wreaths at the monument of the Romanian soldiers who died in the battles of the World War II. The battles from Valea Jiului will be marked by climbing the Parang Mountains, the Parangul Mare Peak (2,519 m), by hoisting the national flag and laying wreaths at the monument of the Romanian soldiers (The Valcan Pass – the Jiu Gorge). The Union of Bucovina with Romania will be celebrated by climbing the Rarau Mountains, the Rarau Peak (1,651 m) and by hoisting the national flag. On the 1st of December, 2018, when the Centenary of the Great Union will be celebrated, the gendarmes are planning to parade under the Arch of Triumph, but they will also raise the national flag of the team on the highest mountain peak in Romania.