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Heroes’ Day marked with religious and military services to honour the sacrifice of Romania’s fallen

 Wreaths-laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

President Klaus Iohannis has participated, on Thursday, in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Carol I Park, on the occasion of Heroes’ Day.

Wreaths were also laid on the part of the Government and the Ministry of National Defence.

The executive was represented by Deputy PM Raluca Turcan, and the Ministry of National Defence by Minister Nicolae Ciuca.

In honor of Romanian heroes a moment of silence was observed.

“Each day that we live in peace, in liberty, as a nation ruling over its own destiny is due to those that fell in the wars of the past or in the missions fulfilled, presently, in the theaters of operations or on national territory. We have a duty of honor to recall all these brave Romanians not only on occasions that mark big historical moments or known celebrations, but be permanently grateful for their sacrifice. We owe respect and gratitude to the veterans of the Second World War and the veterans of the theaters of operations alike, to the wounded, as well as to the families of those who have heroically fallen in action,” the Minister of Defence’s message, posted on Facebook, shows.

 

Through their sacrifice, they serve as role models to follow for the younger generations

 

President Klaus Iohannis conveyed on Thursday, through a message occasioned by Heroes’ Day, his gratitude for the Romanian servicemen killed in action in the theaters of operations outside the national borders and his appreciation for the doctors and medical personnel who are at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This special day, in which we celebrate both Heroes’ Day and the Ascension of the Lord, has a powerful meaning for the Romanian people. On this occasion, we pay homage to the martyrs of the Romanian people, who gave their life for our existence. Our heroes remain, throughout time, true symbols of abnegation, courage and sense of duty. Through their sacrifice, they serve as role models to follow for the younger generations, leaving behind a lesson of self-devotion for a supreme ideal, that of serving the motherland. Today, on this celebration moment, we voice our gratitude toward our servicemen killed in action in the theaters of operations outside our national borders – Afghanistan, Iraq or the Western Balkans, and also in missions conducted under the aegis of international organisations,” Klaus Iohannis conveyed.

The President mentioned that in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the doctors and medical personnel have managed, through extraordinary efforts, to limit the spreading of the virus and save lives.

“In these difficult times, when we are put to test by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to get inspired from the victories of the past and let ourselves guided by reason, responsibility, altruism and courage. The responsibility of each one of us has considerably increased over the last period and, together, we must make some lasting changes in order to create a legacy which future generations can count on. Today, we also convey the appreciation and gratitude to the heroes of our days, those who are at the forefront in the fight with this invisible enemy – doctors and medical personnel. Through their extraordinary efforts, they have managed to limit the spreading of the virus and save lives, the courage which they have shown in the face of danger representing a source of inspiration for all of us,” the head of state also showed.

Klaus Iohannis underscored that the territorial and spiritual integrity must be defended.

“We are going through some moments when we must defend our integrity both territorially and spiritually. I voice my entire gratitude for all our heroes! Our duty, of us all, is to prove that we have understood the meaning of their fight and supreme sacrifice and maintain their memory alive. Eternal glory to our heroes! May the Lord rest their souls in peace!,” the head of state also said.

 

PM Orban: The biggest proof of respect for our heroes is to attract the young people to learn history

 

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has stated “the biggest proof of respect” for the heroes of our country is to attract the young people to learn history and appreciate the example of devotion and courage of those who sacrificed themselves for the ideals of the Romanians.

“We dedicate today, which is a very important day in the Christian-Orthodox calendar, the day when we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, to the heroes, soldiers and all those who wrote the history of Romania through their own sacrifice, on the battlefield, in the concentration camps or communist prisons, defending the liberty, the ancestral faith, the land and the Romanians’ ideal of unity. We are paying homage to their inspiring sacrifice and we keep their memory alive through the ceremonies that became a tradition on this occasion. A prayer, a thought, a candle lighted to their memory, our taking care of their tombs and commemorative monuments made in their honour are how we express our gratitude today for what the heroes of our nation did for the next generations,” Orban said in his message, according to a press release of the Government.

The Prime Minister also added that the greatest proof of respect for the heroes is to attract young people to learn history.

“I believe that the greatest proof of respect for these heroes will be if we, in our turn, succeed to attract the young to learn their history and appreciate the example of devotion and courage of those who sacrificed themselves for the ideals of the Romanians. Fighting with their weapons in their hands on the battlefield or in the dark and cold detention centres where they were locked because they militated for liberty and democracy, the heroes of the past centuries and decades took care of our country’s future,” said Orban.

 

DefMin Ciuca : We owe every day we live in peace to those who fell in past wars

 

Every day we live in peace, in freedom, as a nation in control of our own destiny is because of those who fell in the wars of the past or on missions carried out today in the warzones or on the national soil, Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca said Thursday in a Heroes Day message.

“We have a duty of honour to remember all these brave Romanians not only on the occasion of events that mark the great historical moments or on the set holidays, but we must always be grateful for their sacrifice. We owe respect and gratitude to the WWII veterans and the veterans of today’s war zones alike, to the wounded, as well as to the families of those who fell heroically on duty,” Ciuca wrote in a Facebook post.

He mentioned that, although the measures to combat the novel coronavirus do not allow the organisation of ceremonies that the heroes deserve in abundance this year, the tradition will not be interrupted.

“Every year on this day, the soldiers of the Romanian Army bring light and flowers to the graves and monuments of those who are no more, so that we and those who come after us can carry on the existence of the Romanian nation. We will light candles of gratitude at the icons in our homes and say a prayer in the memory of those who laid their lives at the foundation of our nation. We will pray for the rest of the souls of those who have fulfilled their oath of allegiance to the country on the battlefields.”

Ciuca added that this year marks a century since the official creation in Romania of the Heroes’ Day on the day of the Ascension of Jesus. On this day, in all the Romanian Christian Orthodox churches in the country and abroad all the fallen Romanian heroes along centuries, on all the battlefields for faith, justice, and freedom and for the defence of the country and the integrity of the nation are commemorated.

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