President Iohannis urges Romanians to always be proud of national flag, history it carries
On Friday, June 26, Romania’s National Flag Day, President Klaus Iohannis sent a message saying the flag is the symbol of the identity and national unity of Romanians.
“Today, we are celebrating the National Flag Day, a symbol of our identity and national unity, to which every Romanian citizen relates. Along with the national anthem, the Romanian flag has a special significance for the independence and sovereignty of our country. This celebration is an opportunity to honour the memory of our forefathers and to pay homage to those who sacrificed themselves for the Romanian nation so that we can now enjoy the rights and freedoms of democracy. (…) Dear Romanians, I urge you to always be proud of the National Flag and the history it carries. Happy National Flag Day!,” reads Iohannis’s message delivered by presidential adviser Ion Oprisor to the public flag-raising ceremony, which took place in the Tricolour Square in Bucharest City.
In his message, Iohannis says that the hoisting of the National Flag marked the great moments in the evolution of modern Romania.
“The traditions and customs of our people, as well as the achievements and ideals of contemporary Romania, have been passed on under the folds of the Romanian tricolour. Today, we proudly look at the National Flag raised at the headquarters of the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance. Romania is a relevant and predictable player, a major contributor to security in its region, a strong strategic partner of the United States that benefits from the guarantees and opportunities of belonging to the Euro-Atlantic community and that lives by its commitments to the European Union and NATO.”
The event was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Raluca Turcan.
“The National Flag is all that means homeland, freedom and sovereignty. It means sacrifice, but also hope. It marks both the past and the present, guides the future, compels to responsibility and to an unshakable determination. The National Flag contains the enthusiasm that instilled in the consciousness of Romanians the ideals of pride, love of country, the desire for unity and independence. It is the landmark of all Romanians, of the heroes of the past and of the heroes of tomorrow, of children in Romania and of Romanian communities everywhere. The tricolour has witnessed the big events in the history of the Romanian nation,” said Turcan, according to Agerpres.
She paid tribute to the heroes and thanked the military.
“The national flag also accompanied the doctors and medical staff who this year, amid the health crisis generated by the novel coronavirus, joined colleagues in Italy, the US and the Republic of Moldova, and the seriousness and competence with which they were involved in saving lives honoured Romania. We thank them all. Respect and admiration!,” said Turcan, according to Agerpres.
She also said that the flag is “a pride, a symbol of the performance of ambitious and hardworking people, our binder for a better society.”
“It also symbolises the performance of athletes, Olympians, scientists and literati, as well as the integrity and determination of ordinary Romanians who lead Romania forward,” she said.
Also attending the flag raising ceremony was Bucharest Prefect Gheorghe Cojanu.
PM Orban: Today is the National Flag Day, a dear symbol of our unity and identity, a day we essentially dedicate to all those who, throughout time, have honored Romania and the Tricolour
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban underscores, in his message on the National Flag Day, that the Tricolour represents our history and the entire nation, the people who made us proud we are Romanians so many times.
“Today is the National Flag Day, a dear symbol of our unity and identity, a day we essentially dedicate to all those who, throughout time, have honored Romania and the Tricolour. They are all those courageous Romanians who have sacrificed themselves or fought for defending the ancestral land in the past, they are all those who contribute to the good reputation of Romania in our times, doing their duty with professionalism and courage in various theaters of operations and in international missions, and all those whose performances in different areas have made the Tricolor be hoisted on the highest mast,” shows Prime Minister’s message sent to AGERPRES on Friday.
Ludovic Orban brings to mind that, over the last period, the Tricolour has accompanied the medical personnel in missions outside the borders, meant to save the lives of those affected by the novel coronavirus.
“The National Flag has accompanied the Romanian doctors and medical personnel who, this year, because of the health crisis generated by the novel coronavirus, helped their colleagues in Italy, the US and the Republic of Moldova, and the seriousness and competence with which they got involved in saving lives have honored Romanians and Romania! We thank them all, with respect and admiration! The Tricolour represents our history and the entire nation, with people who have given us so many times the opportunity to be proud that we are Romanians. Many happy returns Romania! Happy National Flag Day!,” Ludovic Orban conveyed in his message.