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November 11th, Veterans’ Day

On the occasion of Veterans Day, military and religious ceremonies will be organized in Bucharest and in garrisons where there are military units which had missions in theaters of operations, on Saturday, november 11th.

In Bucharest, from 11 o`clock, a moment of silence will be kept at the Monument of the Heroes Fallen in Theaters of Operations and on Romanian Teritory in Tineretului Park, in memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the country. Also, a religious service will be held, a guard change ceremony, a festivity to promote veterans, as well as a wreath-laying ceremony.

Wreath-laying ceremonies will be organized at graves and monuments dedicated to the sacrifice and heroism of the Romanian military fallen in the theaters of operations across the country.
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Vererans Day was established by Law No. 150/ 2014 for the acknowledgement of the merits of servicemen who participated in military actions and for granting them and their families or followers their rights.

Veterans Day was chosen for its symbolism – the Armistice Day of November 11th 1918 between Allied Forces and Germany, when WWI ended and the conditions were created for the Great Union in our country, on December 1st 1918.

For the Romanian military, the significance of this day is related to the fact that on November 11th 2003 2nd Lieutenant (post-humous) Iosif Silviu Fogoraši died in the field becoming the first Romanian soldier to die in the theater of operations in Afghanistan.

Between 1996 and 2017, Romania lost 29 soldiers in missions carried out in theaters of operations, whereas more than 180 were injured.

About 40,000 troops manned the detachments deployed ton Afghanistan, Iraq and the Western Balkans, or in other missions in Africa or Europe.

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