Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 10.00 am, the Secretary General of the European Association “Dimitrie Cantemir” Mr. Col. (ret.) Viorel Ciobanu was present at the Reşiţa garrison at the Caraş-Severin County Military Center.
The activity started at 10.00 in the host institution’s festive hall. As the Day of the Army, representatives of the Parliament, the Prefecture, the County Council, the county force structures, active military personnel, in reserve and retreat, as well as of the local media, were present in the hall.
The event was opened by the commander of the Military County Center of Caraş-Severin, Colonel Pasăre I., who gave the following speech:
“The Day of the Romanian Army was established by Decree no. 381 of October 1, 1959. October 25th, 1944, signifies the date of the total liberation of the national territory under Horthyst-fascist occupation. The last liberated cities were Satu Mare and Carei.
The liberation of the entire national territory was achieved through the heroic direct engagement of over 525,000 soldiers in the battle, between August 23rd and October 25th, 1944. Out of them, about 58,000 were killed or injured. Losses to the enemy amounted to 89,934 troops, of which 76,275 were prisoners.
The liberation of the northeastern part of Transylvania did not mean the ceasefire of the Romanian Armed Forces, which continued the anti-fascist war with the United Nations for the liberation of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Austria, until the final victory. “We reached the border by 1940, our divisions – mentioned the Communique of the General Staff of 25 October 1944 – are ready for a new effort and new struggles with our great allies until the total defeat of the German-Hungarian forces.”
The Romanian Armed Forces are involved with various international missions to combat terrorism, peace support or for humanitarian aid. Most of them work under the aegis of NATO, whose member Romania is since March 29th, 2004.
The first combat operation of the Romanian Armed Forces outside the country’s borders after the 1989 Revolution began on March 8th, 1996, along with the contingents of NATO and partner member states, in the theater of operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with the 96th Genius Battalion. In 2000, the Romanian Army began its participation in NATO KFOR mission in Kosovo, with Romanian Defense staff and subsequently with specialized, company-level subunits.
In July 2002, Romania deployed the first infantry battalion of 405 troops, under the command of the International Security Assistance Force. July 2003 marks the beginning of the Romanian military contribution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
After the speech presented above, there was a commemoration of the heroes of the nation, who fell on the fields of honor.
Then, there was the launch of books. The books which were released:
- “DIMITRIE CANTEMIR- BRIDGE OF KNOWLEDGE BETWEEN THE ORIENT AND THE OCCIDENT”
- “THE PYRAMID OF CANTEMIR”, VOL.II
- “I AM A SON OF ALEXANDRIA, FROM TELEORMAN”
- “I AM A SON OF TELEORMAN, FROM ALEXANDRIA”
Mr. General (ret.) ADRIAN MARINESCU gave the European Association “Dimitrie Cantemir” the book “THE CANNONS OF RESITA – A HOT HISTORY”.
The event ended with a session of questions and answers about Dimitrie Cantemir’s life and work.
The Secretary General of the European Association “Dimitrie Cantemir” Mr. Col. (ret.) Viorel Ciobanu was invited by the organizers to the sanctification of the Monument of the Domasnea Monument – Banat Orthodoxy’s defenders Monument, which started at 14.00.
“The monument of Banat Orthodoxy’s defenders during the Communist period is the highest cross carved in Romania. We have had this initiative for three or even four years, but in 2017 we wanted very much to raise such a monument because this year is declared by the Holy Synod of our Church as a commemorative year dedicated to Patriarch Justinian Marina and to all Orthodoxy’s defenders during the communist regime. Since Domasnea and Teregova were the center of the Anti-Communist Resistance in the Banat Mountains, we thought it was precisely here at the Orient Gate, at this blessed height at 540 meters, to place this Cross-monument. It is a sacrifice altar and we believe that at every feast dedicated to the heroes, both at the Ascension of the Lord and on October 25th, December 1st and other important moments in our country’s history, we will reunite around this Cross here on the Roman road, near the European road between Domaşnea and Teregova, to commemorate and honor the Romanian people’s martyrs, all the soldiers who have sacrificed for the unity and freedom of our country, but to commemorate those who fought for our freedom and for our identity, and defended Orthodoxy during the communist regime. We have lived an uplifting moment today because both the Army and the Church joined forces to reinforce all authentic patriotism and steadfast faith in the souls of all Romanians. I believe that both the Church and the Army have a role and will continue to play an essential role in defining national and spiritual identity in this country. We are glad that the central, county, local and so many faithful, young, and old, the priests from the eastern part of Caraş-Severin County, the Caransebes Deanery and the Herculane Battalion Deanery, joined us. This Cross will confess by itself what has happened today and, of course, everything that has happened in the glorious past of our Romania, “emphasized the Blessed Father Lucian, the Bishop of Caransebes.
Officials, central authorities, county authorities, local authorities, representatives of the Romanian Armed Forces at the Decebal Research and Supervision Brigade 18 of Timisoara, priests and believers, all joined in prayer for the rest and eternal remembrance of the defenders of Orthodoxy in Banat in the Communist period and all Romanian heroes who sacrificed themselves for the freedom and identity of the Romanian nation.
Next, a memorial service was performed for the heroes of the nation, but also for the Partisans of the Banat Mountains.
The celebration ended with flower wreath and military ceremony offered by the Guard of Honor of the 18th Decebal Surveillance Research Brigade.
The cross-monument from Domaşnea represents a fulfilled desiderate of the Caransebes Episcopate and of the believers for the realization of a Christian monument dedicated to the Banat partisans who, through constant belief, determination, and spiritual-moral verticality, fought for Banat and Romania against the injustices of the regime communist.