The National Day of Romania and the Centenary of the Great Unification are the events marked, today, December 1st, 2018, in Bucharest, through a spectacular military parade. About 4,000 soldiers were mobilized for this parade.
Dozens of planes and helicopters flew over the Capital. Romanian and foreign soldiers, tanks and fighting machines passed under the Arch of Triumph. Almost 500 soldiers, out of the over 4,000 troops who marched, were from allied or partner countries of Romania. The about 500 foreign troops came from Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Moldova , Slovakia, USA, Turkey and Ukraine.
In the afternoon, the same day, another parade took place in Alba Iulia, the city where the Great Unification was put into effect, 100 years ago. The organizers' ambition to bring together 100,000 people at a grand gathering as 100 years ago was achieved. On this occasion, the new monument of the Great Unification was inaugurated, in the Alba Carolina fortress, positioned in front of the Cathedral of the Reunification of the Nation. The monument is 20 meters tall, it is made of stone, in the shape of four connected crosses. The four crosses, united in the upper part, symbolically represent the four Romanian provinces merged in one country on December 1st, 1918.
The Reunification Cathedral in Alba Iulia, also called the Cathedral of Coronation, was the place where King Ferdinand I and Queen Maria were crowned as Kings of Great Romania.
This year's events on December 1st were entirely special and exceptional, as great as the Centenary of the Great Unification in 1918.
These military parades represent the main attractions of the events, organized on the occasion of the National Day of Romania, attended by a very large number of people, each year.
Happy Birthday Romania!