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National Flag Day marked at the Ministry of Defense

CHISINAU, April 27, 2011 — Republic of Moldova Prime Minister Vlad Filat attended the National Flag Day Ceremony held Wednesday, April 27, at the Ministry of Defense.

The key elements of the event were the flag sanctification and hoisting and the Guard of Honor march. Before the flag was hoisted, Prime Minister Vlad Filat had knelt and kissed the National Flag while the orchestra played Republic of Moldova Anthem.

„We should always celebrate this event because, in this way, we show our commitment to national values”, Republic of Moldova Prime Minister stated. „I would like to congratulate both the Minister and the leaders of the Ministry of Defense for the excellent organization of the National Flag Day ceremony”, Vlad Filat specified.

Minister of Defense Vitalie Marinuta stated The Tricolor is a sacred symbol honored by the National Army servicemen.

„The National Army motto is ,Pentru Patrie! Pentru Onoare! Pentru Tricolor!’ (For Motherland! For Honor! For The Tricolor!). These terms are sacred for every serviceman and they should be cherished by every citizen of the country”, the Minister of Defense stated.

During the military ceremony, four servicemen carried the National Flag to the mast. The corners of the flag were tied to the mast cord. A group of priests prayed and blessed the flag within a divine service.

Republic of Moldova Flag hoisting ceremonies took place in all National Army military units of Chisinau, Balti, Cahul and Ungheni garrisons. The National Army servicemen and conscripts attended trainings about the history of the Tricolor and different exhibitions on the Stat Flag issue.

The Tricolor was officially established as Republic of Moldova National Flag through a first Parliament law as of April 27, 1990. On April 23, 2010, the Parliament declared April 27 as National Flag Day.

The National Flag of the Republic of Moldova is a rectangular cloth consisting of three equal colored bands. The colors are displayed vertically in the following order from the flagpole: blue, yellow, red. The blue color symbolizes people’s hope for a better life. Yellow symbolizes the field of harvest highlighting people’s welfare. The red color reminds us of the blood of heroes that fought for freedom.

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