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Ceremony Marking “Heroes Day" in Berlin

The Romanian Embassy in Berlin Commemorates those Fallen in Combat

June 15th, 2016
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June 9th, 2016- The Romanian Embassy in Berlin and Defense Attaché Office organized a ceremony to mark Heroes Day. On this occasion, the Embassy officiated a memorial service to the Romanian heroes fallen in combat. The ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Berlin. A wreath was placed in memory of the men who died on German soil.

Prime collaborator Adriana Stănescu spoke on behalf of the Romanian Embassy. Stănescu stressed the importance of the commemoration of Heroes Day as a national holiday in Romania. She further underlined that Romanians must remember and keep the memory alive of those killed on the battlefield fighting for freedom, justice, and to defend and unite the Romanian people.

In the sprit of European tradition in Romania, Heroes Day was renounced a national holiday. The holiday commemorates the men fallen in combat during the First and Second World War as well as the War of Independence. In honoring the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for Romania, maintenance of graves, both marked and non-identified remain the responsibility of the state and its citizens.

Similarly, there is also a tradition to respect the graves of foreigners who died on Romanian soil regardless of whether they were allies or enemies of the Romanian state.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation 1859 and Resolution 1562 in order to address attitudes towards memorial recognition and interpretation. The assembly invites European states to collaborate and to conserve, enhance and preserve the memorials. Such a project contributes to the strengthening of a European collective memory.

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News from Berlin
Cristina Stoica, Berlin Global