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Romanian Army Day marked with ceremony at the Unknown Hero Monument in Carol I Park

DefMin Ciuca: Serious work of MApN staff explains and fully justifies Romanians’ confidence in the Army

National Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca on Sunday said that the serious work of the National Defence Ministry (MApN) staff, their loyalty to the country and national values, the courage of assuming missions and duties explain and fully justify the confidence the Romanian Army enjoys.

“The serious work of each of the women and men making up the National Defence Ministry staff, the loyalty to the country and national values proved by each, the courage of assuming missions and duties, even in difficult contexts, all these explain and fully justify the Romanians’ confidence in the Romanian Army. Today, the special context caused by the COVID-19 pandemic cannot prevent us from celebrating the Romanian Army Day, show our appreciation for the Romanian Army staff, military and civilians as well. Today is but one of the occasions when we acknowledge and appreciate their tireless activity to the service of the country and the citizen. At the same time, we mustn’t forget that October 25 is also a symbol of the sacrifice of all Romanians for defending the national entity in the toughest times of history, for the independence and integrity of our country,” Ciuca said at the ceremony carried out on the occasion of the Romanian Army Day at the Unknown Hero Monument in Carol I Park.

According to the Minister, veterans, whom he send thoughts of “special appreciation,” are “life models” for today’s and tomorrow’s generations.

“Unfortunately, four of our servicemen were injured in Afghanistan a few days ago. (…) The good piece of news is that they are all out of danger. I have personally talked to each one of them, as well as with the commander of the battalion to make sure they have all the treatment and recovery conditions. We wish them fast recovery. We must honour the past, but also look towards the future and we are taking a look with confidence also because we have in front of us these military youth, tomorrow’s doctors, who are taking their oath to the country today. A period full of challenges lies before them, but as the doctor profession, especially that of military doctor, is a vocational one, I am positive they will successfully deal with it,” Ciuca added.

President Iohannis: Army remains same moral landmark for the Romanian people

Present at  the ceremony carried out on the occasion of the Romanian Army Day at the Unknown Hero Monument in Carol I Park in Bucharest, president Klaus Iohannis said Romania’s Army, “worthy of its past and heroes,” remains the same moral landmark for the Romanian people.

“Each year, on October 25, we celebrate the Romanian Army and we commemorate those who, along history, fought to defend the Romanian nation and state. Today, I am voicing my gratitude to our hero soldiers fallen on the battlefield to defend the mother land and I am bringing a homage to the survivors – the war veterans. Their love and duty to the country represent lasting examples for the younger generation. Romania’s Army, worthy of its past and heroes, remains the same moral landmark for the Romanian people,” Iohannis said.

According to the head of state, Romania has today a “modern” and “well trained” army, ensuring the fulfillment of the commitments taken on within the North Atlantic Alliance and the implementation of the European Union common security and defence policy.

“Dear servicemen, on this solemn day, I am addressing you, the successors of the fighting traditions of the Romanian people, who has always known to get mobilised at hard times and fight with heroism. As a sign of appreciation for the effort made for preserving the national identity and for the dedication in the involvement in organising the events devoted to the Centennial of the War for the Nation Union, I bestowed the “Centennial of the War for the Nation Union” Commemorative Medal on the National Defence Ministry. Our servicemen, those who are currently on mission nationwide or within international coalitions or alliances, prove that the spirit of sacrifice, camaraderie and discipline are innate values and defining features of the Romanian people,” President Iohannis said.

He added that at present the Army is also seen from another perspective, the servicemen being engaged “in a different kind of war,” with an “unseen” and “very difficult to beat” enemy – the novel coronavirus.

Iohannis stressed that the Romanian Army’s involvement “in this national effort,” ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, “has been exemplary.”

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.mapn.ro

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