Thousands of people attended a National Day military parade on Sunday in the Arch of Triumph Square in Bucharest.
From the early hours of the morning, people started pouring in on the route between the Free Press Square and close to the Victoriei Square, waving flags and colourful balloons.
The parade debuted at around 11:00hrs, after President Klaus Iohannis saluted the Guard of Honour and laid a wreath at the Arch of Triumph. As the national anthem was playing, 21 cannon shots were fired.
About 4,000 soldiers and specialist staff from Defence Ministry (MApN), the Interior Ministry (MAI), the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the National Penitentiary Administration (ANP) marched on, including 500 soldiers from over 20 NATO member or partner countries, showcasing about 200 pieces of defence hardware and over 50 aircraft.
Opening the parade were aircraft of the Air Force, the Defence Ministry, and the Romanian Intelligence Service. These included IAR 330 Puma SOCAT helicopters of the Army, Mil Mi-17 of the Interior ministry, supersonic F-16 and MIG 21 LanceR fighter jets, and subsonic fighter jets – IAR 99, C27J Spartan and C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, and a MApN AN 30aircraft for aerial photography and mapping.
The stars of the land defence hardware parade were, as in every previous parade, the TR85M1 Bizon tanks, as well as also the Piranha 3 armoured carriers. Also passing through the Arch of Triumph were HUMVEE combat vehicles, MLI84M Jderul infantry combat vehicles, Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems, LAROM multiple rocket launchers, HAWK ground-to-air missiles, as well as other components of the MApN, MAI, SRI defence systems.
A novelty was the parade of 500 soldiers from 21 NATO member of partner countries – Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the US.
A Polish detachment paraded five Rosomak armoured personnel carriers.
The land defence parade began with period flags, and continued with a performance by members of the Military Tradition Association, a group for historical and military reenactments, the formations of foreign partners, representative MApN, MAI, SRI, ANP departments, ending with soldiers of the 30th Mihai Viteazul Brigade.
In attendance were President Klaus Iohannis, Senate Chairman Teodor Melescanu, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, members of the Romanian government, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, heads of public institutions, representatives for the diplomatic corps, church leaders, politicians, politicians, and war veterans.
The military parade lasted about two hours.
At the end of the parade, the military vehicles were displayed for the public.
Iohannis greets people at National Day military parade
At the end of the military parade in Bucharest, President Klaus Iohannis greeted people in attendance, exchanging words with small children and grown-ups.
He shook hands with people who had come for the parade, wishing them “Happy Union Day!” of National Day. “Happy National Day, Mr. President. May God give you good health!” a man told Iohannis.
The president spoke in particular with children, most impressed by the parade. “Did you like it?” Iohannis asked a boy who answered in the affirmative. He also noticed a child carried on the shoulders of a man, waving a flag. “What are you doing there with the flag?” the president asked, smiling at the little boy.
Military parade, main attraction of National Day celebrations in Alba Iulia
Thousands of people attended on Sunday, December 1, the National Day of Romania, a military parade in Alba Iulia, the city where 101 years ago to the day the union between Transylvania and Romania was enshrined.
Attending the military parade on December 1, 1918 Boulevard, were Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, Minister of Agriculture Adrian Oros, Minister of Economy Virgil Popescu, MPs, MEPs, county and local administration officials.
At the military ceremony, which began with the playing of the national anthem, 1,400 soldiers and special staff of the Defence Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Romanian Intelligence Service and the National Administration of Penitentiaries paraded 70 pieces of defence hardware including, the first time, Alba Iulia, Piranha armoured personnel carriers.
During the parade, aircraft flew in the skies. The flight parade was opened by IAR 330 PUMA and IAR 330 SOCAT helicopters, with one of them carrying the flag of Romania. Also saluting from high were MIG 21 LanceRs.
The parade was opened by the commander of the military ceremony, Brigadier General Nicolae Tonu, deputy commander of the 4th Gemina Infantry Division, who saluted from a HUMVEE combat vehicle. Recognised as a military operations specialist and initiator of doctrinal conception, Tonu has been decorated by three of the presidents of Romania.
Next came the battle flag of the 4th Gemina Infantry Division, with the parade continuing with the flags identifying the units subordinated to Gemina, which has more than half of the national territory under its responsibility.
Saluting the crowd were detachments of the 814th Mihai Voda Tank Battalion; 17th Dragos Voda Mountain Troops Battalion; 317th Vladeasa Regiment; 50th Andrei Muresanu Antiaircraft Missile Regiment; 317th Voievodul Gelu Logistic Support Battalion; 136th Apulum Engineering Battalion; ” 26th Avram Iancu Mountain Reconnoitering Battalion; Communications and Informatics Command.
They were followed by troops of the Special Operations Forces; the Romanian Air Forces – soldiers of the 1st General Nicolae Dascalescu Ground-Air Missiles Brigade, and National Defence staff. Bringing up the rear were the Nicolae Balcescu Land Forces Academy of Sibiu and the Mihai Viteazul National Military Collegiate High School of Alba Iulia.
The parade continued with a detachment of the Romanian Gendarmerie, a detachment of the General Emergency Inspectorate, and a detachment of the Romanian Intelligence Service’s Antiterrorist Brigade.
From the National Administration of Penitentiaries, a detachment made up of public servants of the Aiud Penitentiary paraded.
The event in Alba Iulia also included a parade of defence equipment of the Romanian Army – amphibious armoured personnel carriers, rocket launchers, various antiaircraft artillery equipment, including self-propelled, ground-to-air missile systems, special military engineering vehicles , communications systems, special operations combat equipment, mobile radars.
Last to perform in the National Day parade in the city of Romaia’s Greater Union was a detachment of the 811th Dej Infantry Battalion and a salute from the brass band of the 4th Gemina Infantry Division.
On National Day, PM Orban says his belief is to build normal Romania for all citizens
In a message released on December 1, Romania’s National Day, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban says that 101years after the Greater Union Romanians stand a chance of changing things for the better, living in a democratic country , and his belief is that Romanians should not waste this chance, and Romanians from the country and any other corners of the world should build a normal Romania for all citizens, all by themselves.
“We celebrate this year the National Day of Romania with the accomplishment of the fact that we managed to leave behind, by vote, what used to slow down the progress we wanted after the fall of communism. The Greater Union of December 1, 1918, when the Great Assembly of Alba-Iulia voted to unite all the Romanians from Transylvania and Banat with Romania, meant to their architects the fulfillment of the century-old dream, the golden dream of Romania, as the moment is wonderfully described by Queen Marie. Today, 101 years forward – in times when the fate of Romania was not without suffering, in the war years, in the years of communism and even in the very recent history – we are celebrating the National Day with the feeling of our true liberation and that of achieving a new dream of the Romanians,” reads Orban’s message.
He points out that now is the time to truly consolidate European Romania, to guarantee its citizens the fundamental rights and freedoms, where all Romanians can find themselves, regardless of where they choose to live.
“We are now standing a real chance of changing things for the better, of living in a democratic country, where the state institutions serve the citizen, and the law is applied to all equally. It is time to truly strengthen European Romania, which is to guarantee for its citizens the fundamental rights and freedoms and where all Romanians can find themselves, regardless of where they choose to live. Let us build together an irreversible road from Romania to social and economic stability, to prosperity, in which those who work honestly enjoy the benefits of their work and the entrepreneurs feel they are properly treated. Let us develop the Romanian society on the solid principles of truth and meritocracy, where competence is recognised and appreciated. My belief, as the prime minister, is we should not waste this chance, and Romanians from the country and any other corners of the world should build a normal Romania for all citizens, all by themselves. Happy Birthday, Romania! Happy National Day to all Romanian in the country and abroad!”