President Klaus Iohannis emphasized, on Monday, in the message on the occasion of the 163rd anniversary of the Union of the Romanian Principalities, that in times marked by many challenges, solidarity is needed.
“The Romanian nation is stronger when it is in solidarity and we must cherish the things that unite us in order to make it easier for us to fight those that divide us”, the President stated in his speech held at the ceremony organized on the occasion of the Day of the Union of the Romanian Principalities at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Carol I Park in Bucharest.
“The union represented an ideal since the Pasoptist revolution and took shape through the double election of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, a clever strategy, generated by the deep patriotism and solidarity of the politicians of the time. The union of January 24, 1859, demonstrates the importance of a project to coagulate the energies of our people,” Iohannis emphasized in his speech.
“In complicated times, Romanians have shown that they can act with a common conscience to achieve a historical goal. The moment of 1859 presents us with the image of a visionary political class, which has taken on an extremely difficult mission. Without creating external dissension, the Romanians skillfully used the international context and chose a ruler who rose to the heights of this ambitious project,” he added.
“By the establishment of the Union of 1859, it was demonstrated that ethnic, linguistic and cultural unity must be followed, naturally, by the political-administrative one, the pragmatic path towards consolidating the power of the United Principalities,” Iohannis also stated.
“ In 1859, the Romanians chose to build their future in accordance with European values and principles, and the fact that today Romania is a member of the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance proves that, despite the terrible trials to which history has subjected us , the ideals of our people have always remained the same – freedom, democracy, national unity and the proper functioning of state institutions. Another important element in the process of asserting national identity was the establishment of the battle flag for military units. At the ceremony of handing over the new military flags, Alexandru Ioan Cuza summed up the significance of this national symbol, stating that the flag encompasses the entire history of the state,” President Iohannis underlined.
He announced that on the occasion of the 163rd anniversary of the Union of 1859, he decided to decorate the battle flag of the 282nd Armored Brigade “Union of Principalities”, the 8th Tactical Operational Missile Brigade “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” and the 284th Tank Battalion “Cuza Voda”.
“We live in times of many challenges, and the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the reality we are used to, forcing us to take difficult steps, to make sacrifices, but also to make substantial efforts to overcome this crisis. The complexity of this period calls for coherent and sustainable solutions. As we have shown so many times in the coming moments, we will continue to do everything necessary for Romania’s progress, for the defense of democratic values and for the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms. As in the period following the Union of the Romanian Principalities, today we have the necessary tools and resources to modernize Romania,” stated the head of state.
“The Romanian nation is stronger when it is in solidarity and we must cherish the things that unite us in order to make it easier for us to fight with those that divide us. Let us therefore act day by day with the same tenacity to strengthen the European and democratic path of our country,” concluded Iohannis.