Events are organised on Sunday all over Romania to celebrate National Flag Day on the 26th June.
National Flag Day was introduced under a 1998 law to mark the day in 1848 when the revolutionary government proclaimed the red, yellow and blue flag as the national colours of all Romanians.
President Iohannis : Tricolour flag, a symbolic remembrance of the Romanian nation’s fundamental values
President Klaus Iohannis says on Sunday in a message sent on the occasion of the Day of the National Flag, that the tricolour flag represents a strong bond between present, past and future, being a symbolic remembrance of the Romanian nation’s fundamental values.”June 26, the Day of the National Flag, has a special meaning to Romania and provides us with the opportunity to show our respect for one of the fundamental values of our national identity and unity. The tricolour flag represents a strong bond between present, past and future, and hoisting our flag at the ceremonies marking historic events and sports competitions brings forth, in the hearts of Romanians, the profound feeling of affiliation to the country and nation. We are bringing a pious homage to all our forerunners, heroes who fought and sacrificed themselves for an independent, sovereign, unitary and indivisible country. The flag reminds us, in a symbolic manner, of the fundamental values of our nation, consistently affirmed, promoted and protected by Romanians in the country and worldwide,” Iohannis’ message reads.
In the context of this anniversary day, the head of state brings to mind Romania’s strategic priorities.
“Romania is a modern state, governed by democratic principles, part of the great Euro-Atlantic family. The consolidation of our country’s profile within NATO and inside the European Union, as well as within the Strategic Partnership with the United States of America are strategic priorities of our country’s foreign and security policy. Today, we are proudly looking at the National Flag and gratefully reflect on the history it bears,” Klaus Iohannis adds.
PM Ciuca: The coat of arms and the national anthem represent the national symbols of respect, dignity and honour
The coat of arms and anthem represent the national symbols of respect, dignity and honour and the respect for history, for the present, but especially for the future, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said on Sunday, in the Tricolour Square in Capital at the public ceremony of Hoisting the Flag of Romania.
“The national coat of arms and the national anthem represent the national symbols of respect, dignity and honor, they represent the respect for history, for the present and especially for the future. I want to thank all those who participated and especially the organisers of this activity. We were able to see, together with the state institutions, the civil society, a very beautiful and emotional gesture and I thank the children that this morning they were with us to celebrate the Flag Day. Many happy returns!,” said the Prime Minister.
The ceremony was organised by the Institution of the Prefect of Bucharest, the City Hall of Bucharest and the Command of the Bucharest Garrison.
The event was attended by Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu, Capital General Mayor Nicusor Dan, Bucharest Prefect Toni Grebla, Capital’s District 1 Mayor Clotilde Armand.
DefMin Dincu: The flag does not compete with symbols of local communities
National Defence Minister Vasile Dincu said on Sunday, during a ceremony organised in Galauta commune in Harghita County, that the national flag does not compete with the symbols of the local communities and does not ask to be loved by everyone, but the tricolour must be respected.
“We are celebrating the 174th national flag anniversary. It is the oldest symbol we have for our Republic and it is a moment of great joy for us, because it is the most important symbol of the nation. The flag is a synthesis of a history, it is a synthesis of hard or beautiful times, of turmoil that our history has had, like any history of any nation, therefore, the flag is the symbol of state sovereignty throughout Romania. It does not compete with local symbols. Communities can use their local symbols, but according to the Constitution, the national flag cannot be replaced by any other particular symbol, in an order of the hierarchy. It is very important to look at our flag as an emblem, as a sacred thing. The tricolour does not require to be loved by everyone, the only thing the Constitution and the national flag of a state require is respect. Some may love the national flag, others may only respect it,” said Vasile Dincu.
On the other hand, Dincu stressed that the central authorities must “alleviate” the feeling of abandonment that Romanians sometimes feel in areas where they are a minority, but he believes that the Hungarian people should also be listened to, because they also have their “sufferings and sensibilities.”
Photo: Facebook/Institutia Prefectului Municipiului Bucuresti
Compiled from Agerpres