The senior state officials laid flowers at the Memorial Complex “Eternity” in connection with the demonstration mounted on the Memory and Gratitude Day that is celebrated today. Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi said the current and next Governments will be making every effort to satisfy veterans’ demands within the existing financial possibilities, IPN reports.
Aureliu Ciocoi said he wants the Republic of Moldova to become a wealthy state in which each person will be prosperous. He will do his best to make sure that the veterans’ heroism is known by the future generations as they fought to ensure Moldova is an independent state and a player on the international arena.
President Maia Sandu said that today is a day when the pain of the loss meets with hope in a peaceful, reunified future with cicatrized wounds for which we must fight together day by day. She expressed her gratitude to the veterans of the Nistru armed conflict for defending the independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova and for the war they fought. “It was a war after which the Republic of Moldova, which was attacked in 1992 by those who didn’t want it to be independent and well, became stronger. But Moldova does not yet breathe freely. The then clans continue to enrich themselves on account of the people,” stated the official. She appreciated the involvement of the veterans in each important event, saying she continues to bank on them.
Parliament Speaker Zinaida Grechanyi said the armed conflict of 1992 is probably the most painful episode in the history of the Republic of Moldova. “We have the moral obligation to commemorate those who are no longer with us – heroes who sacrificed their life for the country’s independence. We kneel to the parents who raised real, strong men devoted to the county, who didn’t hesitate to choose between life and duty to the motherland,” stated the official. She noted that history cannot be changed, but lessons can be learned from this history.
Veteran Alexei Armașu noted that those who were killed in battle cannot be brought back, but their memory and sacrifice can be honored by contribution to maintaining peace, promoting values and educating the young generation. He wished his comrades health and peace in the country.
The Memory and Gratitude Day is celebrated in Moldova on March 2.