On June 22nd, 2018, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Greece (NRDC-GR) celebrated the Romanian National Day, with a flag raising ceremony in front of the main building of the HQ at Pedion Areos camp. The event honored with their presence the Commander of NRDC-GR, the Romanian general consul of Thessaloniki, the entire staff of the HQ as well as Romanian invitees living in Thessaloniki.
Colonel Silviu-Dan ARDELEANU, the Romanian Senior National Representative in NRDC-GR, in his speech mentioned: “Flag Day symbolizes Romania’s independence. Romania’s national flag is a tricolor blue, yellow, red, with colors arranged in vertical bands of equal size. The 3 colors symbolize 3 Romanian provinces - Wallachia (yellow), Moldavia (red), and Transylvania (blue). […] Today, the Romanian flag is the symbol of a modern and democratic state, a member of NATO and the European Union, a hopeful ally, a benchmark for stability, and a security provider in Southeast Europe”.
Furthermore, he highlighted “This year Romanians celebrate 100 years of existence of modern Romania. At the same time preparations are in full swing for the first half of next year when Romania will hold the Presidency of the EU Council, starting January 1, 2019. These are two landmarks of critical importance for Romania and also, in a wider context, for an ever evolving European Union”. Concluding his speech the Romanian National Representative expressed his warmest wishes for a stronger collaboration between the NATO countries.
Commander of NRDC-GR Lieutenant General BIKOS Dimitrios congratulated the entire Romanian contingent and the Romanian representatives for this anniversary, and expressed his appreciation for the significant contribution of the Romanian staff to all the last years’ successes.