The Ministry of Defence will be holding today military and religious ceremonies to mark the Heroes’ Day.
At 10:00hrs, EEST, wreaths will be laid at the Filantropia Israeli Cemetery of Bucharest, followed by wreath-laying ceremonies at noon at the Tomb of Unknown Warrior in the Carol Park, the Memorial of military heroes killed in action abroad and in Romania at the National Children’s Palace, the Nation’s Heroes Monument at the Carol I National Defence University as well as at the Ghencea Military Cemetery.
Wreath-laying ceremonies will also be conducted in the county capitals housing large defence units, with the participation of active and retiring officers, reservists, war veterans and representatives of local public administrations.
Bells will toll at all the military church establishments in homage to the national heroes.
Celebrating Romania’s heroes originated in the context following WWI in which Romania won international recognition of the achievement of its national desideratum, the creation of Greater Romania, under the Paris Peace Treaties (1919-1920). That achievement would have not been possible without the sacrifice of nearly 330,000 Romanian troops killed in action on the WWII battlefields.
In recognition of the troops’ effort and abnegation, a national holiday was created under Decree Law 1,693 of May 4, 1920, to be observed ‘with great religious, educational, military and national pump’ on the Ascension Day, the 40th days after Easter. (Agenţia Naţională de Presă AGERPRES)