I awoke this morning to the sound of a PA system being set up and tested downstairs and then when, about an hour or so later, I heard drums I thought I would go and investigate…
It turns out today, June 26th, is The Day of the National Flag here in Romania.
Romanians are quite big into celebrating – and the military is no exception. Here is the Military Celebration Calendar just for June and July:
June 10 – The Day of the Military Paratroopers
On June 10, 1941 by the Order D.M. 93/1941 the first Paratroopers sub-unit was established – the Company of Special Missions– commanded by Lieutenant Stefan Soverth.
June 18 – The Day of the Military Builders
On June 18, 1920 they established the Directorate of Buildings and Military Domains.
June 26 – The Day of theNational Flag
The National Flag Day was established by Law No. 96/1998, to be held annually on June 26. The Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of the Interior organize military ceremonies in units across the country while public authorities and other civil institutions celebrate the day through various festive activities.
July 1 – The Day of theMilitary Bands
As provided by the “Organic regulations” of 1/13 July 1831, “musician soldiers” (a band comprising 1 drum, 24 musicians and 8 drummers) became part of and started their service in the Permanent National Army.
July 13 – The Day of the Military Speciality “Electronic Warfare”
July 14 – The Day of the Military Communications
On July 14, 1873 was established the first Communications sub-unit – the Telegraphy Section, marking the beginning of the Military Communications
July 15 – The Day of the Military Submarine Men
July 20 – The Day of Aviation and the Air Force, the Orthodox celebration of Saint Elijah the Thunderer.
July 23 – The Day of the Military Press
The first issue of the “Observatorul militar” weekly appeared on July 23, 1859.
July 25 – The Day of the Radiolocation
By the National Defence Minister’s Order of July 25, 1955 the Radio-Technical Troops was established.
July 26 – The Day of the Military Archives
On July 26, 1920 by Order no. 4 of the General Staff, the Archives of the 6th History Section of the General Staff was established.
July 29 – The Day of the National Anthem
The Day of the National Anthem was established by Law No. 99/1998 to be celebrated every year on July 29.
I feel ever so honoured to be here in Hastings for the 950th anniversary of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Battle Abbey is magnificent! I will add information and commentary later – wanted to at least upload the photos now…