The biggest Romanian flag in Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita County (which comprises the highest percentage of Hungarians in Romania) was unfurled on Friday to mark National Flag Day. Acting Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea and Defence Minister Mircea Dusa, along with almost 3,000 persons were attending the ceremony that also included a military parade, with 400 service men marching.
The huge Romanian flag is seven meters high and four meters in width, with a total of 28 square meters. The biggest ever Romanian flag record had been held by the 24-sqm one in Tulghes carried last year.
Soldiers of Romania’s large garrisons were attending public national flag hoisting ceremonies all over the country.
The National Flag Day ceremony in Bucharest was attended by the soldiers of”Invictus România” group, which will launch a public challenge related to the respect for the national heroes and the national flag, as well as WWII veteran retired Second Lieutenant Bogdan Ioan Petru, who turns 90 on June 26.
According to the Defence Ministry, ”Invictus Romania” is a group of volunteer soldiers that love sports set up in order to increase awareness of the civilians over the respect and treasuring of veterans, wounded soldiers, invalids and the survivors of soldiers who die in action.
In his message on National Flag Day, President Klaus Iohannis said the tricolor flag is an absolute symbol of Romanians everywhere, adding that he has a duty to ask Romanians to treasure and honour it.