The Day of National Anthem was celebrated on Sunday morning in the Bucharest’s Tricolour’s Square in front of the National Military Circle, being attended by several dignitaries, through a military and religious ceremony.
The religious service was delivered by the chaplain of the 30 Guard Brigade “Mihai Viteazul”.
“We celebrate today 170 years since through the Decision 10 of 1848 by the Ministry of Domestic Affairs of Wallachia, the day of 29th of July was declared Day of National Anthem, and the song <> the anthem of Romanians everywhere. (…) Over the years, the lyrics and music of this wonderful anthem have marked the key-moments of the fighting history of our people, encouraging and giving confidence to our soldiers on the battlefields. (…) The strong, mobilising message of the lyrics, the idea of freedom, unity and national rebirth have made it for the <> become not only a true Marseillaise of the Romanians, but also an anthem of the Balkans, the mobilising strength of which never knew boundaries,” said Lieutenant Colonel Liviu Voicu.
Iohannis: A good occasion to renewing the commitment for the strengthening of a strong, European Romania
President Klaus Iohannis says that in the year of celebration of the Greater Union Centennial the marking of the Day of National Anthem is a good occasion to renewing the commitment for the strengthening of a strong, European Romania, and to reaffirming the attachment to the principles of democracy and rule of law.
“Today, on 29th of July we celebrate the National Anthem, one of the fundamental symbols of statehood, independence, national sovereignty and unity, alongside the Flag, the State Coat and Seal. The days of the 1848 Revolution have sanctioned for the first time the singing on composer Anton Pann’s music the lyrics of the patriotic poem composed by Andrei Muresanu. The song has had an important role in the revival of hope for a better life and for the collective dignity in key-moments of the Romanian history – the Independence War, the WWI and the WWII and the Revolution of December 1989 – which has fully justified the option of choosing it as national anthem in 1990,” says President Klaus Iohannis in a release issued on Sunday by the Presidential Administration.
DefMin Fifor: One of our sacred national symbols
The National Defence Minister Mihai Fifor, on Sunday stated that on the Day of National Anthem, the “Desteapta-te Romane”, today’s Romania’s national anthem is one of our sacred national symbols.
In his view, with an over 160 year-old history the long of the ages, “Desteapta-te Romane” has marked the key-moments of battling history of our nation, courage and confidence-inspiring to the soldiers on the battlefields at Grivita, Smardan, Marasesti, Oituz or Carei.
MAE: The day of 29th of July is an occasion to show gratitude to our ancestors
“The national anthem was the witness of certain key-benchmarks of our national history. The day of 29th of July is an occasion to show gratitude to our ancestors, to the heroes fallen on the WWI battlefields and to the fathers of the modern national unitary state, the memory of whom is motivating us to keep up our dignity, to cultivate respect towards the national values and look with confidence to the future,” says a release by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Dragnea: The anthem is about the people’s steadfastness in maintaining unity in the face of challenges
Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea stated on Sunday, in a Facebook posting, that the verses of the national anthem speak about “the Romanian people’s steadfastness in maintaining unity in the face of various challenges, about love for the country and the joy of victories.”
“Today marks 170 years since Andrei Muresanu’s ‘Un rasunet’ poem was sung in Ramnicu-Valcea, becoming ‘Desteapta-te romane!”, an important part of our identity as a people. The National Anthem of Romania inspired our forefathers with courage in battle in all difficult moments of history. The verses of the national anthem represent us all and speak about the Romanian people’s steadfastness in maintaining unity in the face of various challenges, about love for the country and about the joy of victories,” Liviu Dragnea wrote on his Facebook page.
He added that the national anthem is also about “this people’s steadfastness in defending values, traditions and faith, about the heritage we bequeath future generations.”
“More than ever before, in the year in which we celebrate the Centennial of the Great Union, it is our duty to demonstrate unity and to impart on our children the love for country inspired by the verses of the national anthem. Happy birthday Romanians! Happy birthday Romania!”, the Social Democratic leader concluded.