His Grace Bishop Varlaam of Ploiesti on Saturday officiated a memorial service for the rest of the souls of Romania’s national heroes at the Cross Memorial on Caraiman Peak.
The Heroes’ Cross is a monument built between 1926 and 1928 on Caraiman Peak at an altitude of 2,291 m located in Romania, in the Bucegi Mountains of the Southern Carpathians. It has a height of 36 metres (118 ft) and the nearest town is Buşteni.
The name of the monument is “The Heroes’ Cross”, but it is popularly known as the “Cross on Caraiman”.
Attending the event were DefMin Mihai Fifor, Chief of the Defence Staff Nicolae Ciuca, Her Majesty Princess Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania, Prince Radu, state and local officials, and many believers.
The ceremony was part of several manifestations commemorating WWI, Romania’s 1918 Great Union, and marking the 90th anniversary of the inauguration of the Heroes’ Cross on Caraiman Peak.
The ceremony included the national hymn of Romania and a flower-laying moment.
‘Every Romanian must go at least once in a lifetime for retreat and to piously offer their gratitude to those who had fallen so that Romania may be a free country today,’ DefMin Mihai Fifor said Sept. 15 according to Agerpres.
Pointing to the Heroes’ Cross on Caraiman, patriarchal auxiliary bishop Varlaam said that ‘it was a tribute paid with many sacrifices for the many sacrifices of the Romanian soldiers on the battlefields of the Reunification War.’
The Heroes’ Cross was built between 1926 and 1928 in the memory of the railway heroes who died on duty in World War I fighting against the armies of the Central Powers.
The cross was erected at the initiative of Queen Marie and King Ferdinand of Romania in order to be seen from a large distance as possible.
Photography courtesy of Raluca Ene / Basilica.ro