Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.147 - 28 May 2014
The Ministry of National Defence organizes military and religious ceremonies to mark Heroes` Day, on Thursday May 29. Wreath-laying ceremonies will be organized from 10.00 at the Israeli Cemetery "Filantropia", from 12.00 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Carol Park, at the Monument of Military Heroes who fell on duty in theaters of operations and at home, at the National Palace of Children, the Monument of Homeland Heroes - "Carol I" National Defence University and Ghencea Military Cemetery. Wreath-laying ceremonies will be organized in county municipalities and localities that host military units, attended by active, reserve and retired military personnel as well as local authorities. Bells will be rung in all churches as a token of respect for homeland`s heroes.
Homage paid to homeland`s heroes originates back to WW1 when, by signing the peace agreements of Paris (1919-1920), our country succeeded in getting international recognition for a national dream, Greater Romania. This national accomplishment was made possible by the sacrifice of about 330.000 troops who fell during the battles of the first great world conflagration. As a token of recognition for their sacrifice, the Decree Law No. 1.693 of May 4, 1920, stipulated that Heroes` Day be national holiday, celebrated "with great religious, school, military and national pomp” on Ascension Day (the 40th day after Easter).