Waving flags and tricolor balloons, thousands of people attended a National Day military parade in the Arch of Triumph Square in Bucharest on Sunday when Romania’s National Day was celebrated, despite the sleet.
The parade started at 11:00hrs, after President Klaus Iohannis saluted the Guard of Honour and laid a wreath at the Arch of Triumph. As the national anthem was playing, 21 cannon shots were fired.
About 4,000 soldiers and staff from Defence Ministry (MApN), the Interior Ministry (MAI), the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the National Penitentiary Administration (ANP) marched on, including 500 soldiers from over 20 NATO member or partner countries, showcasing about 200 pieces of defence hardware and over 50 aircraft.
Opening the parade were aircraft of the Air Force, the Defence Ministry, and the Romanian Intelligence Service. These included IAR 330 Puma SOCAT helicopters of the Army, Mil Mi-17 of the Interior ministry, supersonic F-16 and MIG 21 LanceR fighter jets, and subsonic fighter jets – IAR 99, C27J Spartan and C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, and a MApN AN 30aircraft for aerial photography and mapping.
The TR85M1 Bizon tanks, as well as the Piranha 3 armoured carriers passed underneath the Arch of Triumph, likewise HUMVEE combat vehicles, MLI84M Jderul infantry combat vehicles, Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems, LAROM multiple rocket launchers, HAWK ground-to-air missiles.
500 soldiers from 21 NATO member of partner countries – Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the US, joined the Romanian National Day parade. A Polish detachment paraded five Rosomak armoured personnel carriers.
President Klaus Iohannis, Senate Chairman Teodor Melescanu, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, members of the Romanian government, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, heads of public institutions, representatives for the diplomatic corps, church leaders, politicians, politicians, and war veterans, attended the parade.
Iohannis at the reception: I would like all Romanians from Diaspora to come back home
President Klaus Iohannis said on Sunday evening that Romanians defended democracy “in the street, but also in the polling booth”, adding that he would like all Romanians living abroad to return home.
“Only together can we unleash the full potential of our nation! Only united can we harness the immense resources of intelligence and creativity, to deliver the excellence we all know Romanians are capable of. In December 1989, we all believed in the most beautiful and vibrant dream, that of living in a free, modern, European country, where every citizen should feel at home, be protected and raise their children without worrying about tomorrow. As president, I will be totally involved and I will bring my contribution, having all the Romanians, from the country or from abroad by my side, so that this dream will finally come true,” President Iohannis told the reception held at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on the occasion of the National Day.
The head of state underlined that the Union moment is still delivering the message that each of us is responsible for the fate of the country.
“The National Day of Romania is also the celebration of democracy, of our fundamental rights and freedoms. The Romanians have understood this message of the past very well when they rose up against the dictatorship in Timisoara, Bucharest and other cities. The national unity has been from the beginning indissolubly linked to the aspiration for a true rule of law and for an inclusive society. Through the way the Romanians have defended the democracy, in the street, but also in the voting booth, our society today continues and reinforces this commitment, and calls on it to be assumed, without compromises, by the political class,” the President pointed out, while voicing his hope that Romanians living abroad will return home.
Burj Khalifa in Dubai, lit in blue, yellow and red, Romanian tricolor on display also in Times Square
Burj Khalifa downtown Dubai, dubbed as the highest building in the world (828 metres high), has been lit in the Romanian tricolor-blue, yellow, red on Sunday on Romania’s National Day.
The most famous square in the world, Times Square in New York, has also put on display a banner lit in the Romanian tricolor on our National Day, saying “Happy National Day, Romanians!”.
Romania’s tricolor flag was displayed on huge size screens in the form of a commercial to a local mineral water.