Romania celebrates National Day by military parade at Triumphal Arch
The military parade began shortly after President Traian Basescu’s arrival at around 11 a.m.
The president walked past the guard of honour and then the national anthem was played, as there was a 21-gun salute. Basescu then laid a wreath in the honour of the Romanian nation’s heroes.
Taking part in the parade were detachments of the above-mentioned institutions, the parade commander being Major General Ion Palsoiu, the Land Forces deputy chief of staff. He was the first commander of the Red Scorpions – the troops of the 26th Neagoe Basarab Infantry Battalion – a unit that he set up and that took part in peacekeeping mission in Iraq.
The first detachment of the parade was the one of the historic flags and identification flags of the Army’s General Staff and the Army’s forces.
The next detachments belonged to the higher military education units, namely the Military Technical Academy, the Nicolae Balcescu Land Forces Academy, the Henri Coanda Air Forces Academy and the Mircea cel Batran Navy Academy.
Then marched the Land Forces detachments made up of elite units and the 2nd Calugareni Infantry Battalion that has a tradition of serving in the peacekeeping missions in six operation theatres on three continents, where it has dispatched more than 1,700 troops since 1995.
Also marching in the parade was a detachment of the 60th Paratroopers Battalion, who are training hard to be able to cope with the challenges posed by their participation in joint missions with the NATO partners in full compatibility with them.
The Air Forces participated one detachment in the parade, while the Naval Forces marched by two detachments. There was also a parade of the military hardware, while C-130 Hercules planes and MIG-21 LanceR fighter jets flew over.
The parade was closed by the 30th Mihai Viteazul Guard Regiment – the Romanian Army’s flagship unit – that has an impressive history and by the National Defence Ministry’s Brass Band.
The 30th Regiment is the first guard unit in the modern Romanian Army set up in 1860 by Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza; the regiment was conceived as a combat unit first and foremost, and also as a representative unit.
Attending the festivities alongside President Basescu were Defence Minister Mihai Stanisoara, Army chief of staff Admiral Gheorghe Marin, chairman of the Senate’s Commission on defence, public order and national security Teodor Melescanu, Prime Minister designate Liviu Negoita, former presidents Emil Constantinescu and Ion Iliescu, other politicians, military attachés and central and local administration officials.
On Romania’s National Day of December 1, Romanian Army representatives are taking part in the preparation, organisation and conduct of military and religious wreath-laying ceremonies, on the local authorities’ request. The Romanian troops serving in missions in the operation theatres are staging events to celebrate the National Day.