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Homage to Romania’s heroes on Ascension Day. President Iohannis: Romania is a powerful and respected ally within NATO

A series of events have been staged to the memory of Romania’s heroes on Thursday like wreath laying, religious services as well as moments of silence in all major institutions across the country.

Several memorial services for the heroes were officiated on Thursday, at the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, in all cathedrals, churches, monasteries, cemeteries, at the crosses and monuments dedicated to them in the country and abroad.

President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, Defence Minister Vasile Dancu, the  Chief of Staff, Daniel Petrescu and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, participated on Thursday in the military and religious ceremony organized, on Heroes’ Day, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Capital City Bucharest.

 

President Iohannis: Romania is a powerful and respected ally within NATO

 

Romania is a powerful and respected ally within NATO, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday at the Heroes’ Day ceremony in Carol Park, in downtown Bucharest.

In this context, our country benefits from “security guarantees”, added the president.

Iohannis spoke of the Russian aggression on Ukraine and stressed that this makes us aware that “we must permanently protect democratic values and lasting peace.”

The president has stressed the solidarity of allied countries in the face of Russian aggression.

“Today, when at the borders of our country we see the dramatic struggle of a people for its sovereignty and freedom, we cherish and understand all the more the importance of the sacrifice of our heroes. All those who have fallen on the battlefields have given their lives for us to live, today, in a member state of the European and Euro-Atlantic family, where the rule of law is guaranteed and the fundamental rights and freedoms of its citizens are protected,” the president highlighted.

He recalled that “on this day, we also pay a pious tribute to our soldiers who have paid, in recent decades, the blood price in the theaters of operations where the Romanian Army has fulfilled missions as part of the commitments assumed by our country, together with allies and partners, in order to make the world safer.”

Klaus Iohannis said that “generation after generation, we, the Romanians, renew our commitment to the fundamental values that have made possible the development of our modern state: love of country, courage, abnegation, attachment to freedom and justice, democracy and the rule of law.”

“It is our turn now to contribute to the progress of modern Romania. We must understand the challenges we face and take all the necessary measures so that our citizens are safe and do not suffer during this period of volatility. Romania is a powerful and respected ally within NATO, a powerful member state committed to the European Union and an important strategic partner of the United States of America,” the president said.

Romania’s army, Iohannis said, “is modern and professional and is in the process of endowment and consolidation of the force structure.”

“In addition, about 4,000 Allied troops are training on the territory of our country together with the Romanian armed forces, as part of the process of strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defense posture in the Black Sea region,” the president said.

 

Speaker Ciolacu: Romanian heroes, known and unknown, can only be rewarded through our gratitude

 

Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Cioalcu on Thursday stated that the Romanian heroes, known and unknown, can only be rewarded “by our eternal gratitude” and by respecting the values for which they fought.

“Today, with the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, we honour the memory of the known and unknown heroes who served the Romanian flag in the name of justice, freedom, faith and for the reunification of the nation. These people can only be rewarded through our forever gratitude and respecting of the values they fought for,” Ciolacu wrote on Facebook.

He added that “it is our duty to make sure that the younger generations will not forget the sacrifice of the heroes of the Romanian people.”

 

Patriarch Daniel: Remembrance of heroes, culture of Romanian soul to affirming consciousness of national unity

 

The commemoration of the heroes from nation to nation, from generation to generation, means a culture of the Romanian soul through which we affirm the consciousness of the national unity and honour the dignity of the Christians, said on Thursday the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Daniel, after the service of commemoration of the heroes of the nation, at the feast of the Ascension of the Lord.

“By honouring the heroes of the nation we honour our own people and the dignity of the Christians who say that through prayer for those passed to the Lord we show our love stronger than death. People die when they are forgotten, but when they are remembered, when their graves are cared for, when flowers are brought to their graves, accompanied by candles and prayers, then they live, they are in communion with us,” said Patriarch Daniel, in the sermon after the service dedicated to the commemoration of the Romanian heroes.

The Patriarch of the BOR emphasized that in the Romanian people there is a connection between the Cross and the Resurrection, and our entire history is one of sacrifice and victory.

He said that the commemoration of the heroes “is done with the hope that those who sacrificed themselves for the Romanian nation will be honoured by God for their humble and sacrificial love and by the Romanian people, because freedom and unity are gifts from God, but which must be preserved, often defended in history.”

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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