Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.52 - 31 March 2015
2015 – Year of the War Veterans
This year, the Ministry of National Defence organizes in all large garrisons of the country special events dedicated to the “Year of War Veterans”, marking 70 years since the end of WWII.
In April, military and religious wreath-laying ceremonies will be organized at the monuments dedicated to the heroes of WWII, as well as solemn gatherings of war veterans associations, events in military units as part of the project "Armata - O școală altfel" [The military, another kind of school] shows and exhibitions of archive photos, taking care of heroes’ monuments and graves.
The Press Office of the Ministry of National Defence will have documentary materials for the press that should help them in realizing products presenting the sacrifice of the war veterans to the public.
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By Government Decision No. 164/2015, 2015 was declared “The Year of War Veterans” whereas the Day of War Veterans was established by Government Decision No. 1222/2007 to be celebrated annually on April 29.
In the aftermath of WWII, there were over 900,000 dead, wounded, missing, prisoners, injured and invalids (about 92,000 dead soldiers)in Romania. At present, there are still about 20,000 war veterans living, 760 war widows and about 102,000 war veterans’ widows.