President: Bulgaria Loves and Respects Its Army

Defense | May 6, 2012, Sunday // 13:08|  views

President, Rosen Plevneliev, greeted the troupes for Army Valor Day, at his first military parade as Bulgaria's Commander in Chief. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgarian President and Commander in Chief, Rosen Plevneliev, congratulated Sunday the country's servicemen for their active contributions to international peacekeeping and security.

Plevneliev spoke during the military parade, the very first one for him as Commander in Chief, held in downtown Sofia and dedicated to May 6, the Day of Army Valor. He stressed that Bulgarian soldiers serve with honor on three continents, fulfilling constitutional and partnership commitments to NATO and the EU.

"We thank these men and women in uniform for their professionalism, selflessness, and courage, contributing to the country's positive image. The centuries-long ties between people and army are strong and stable. Modern generations have reason to be proud of the glory of the Bulgarian army during the Balkan War, whose 100th anniversary is marked this year. We bow to all soldiers and their victories," the President said, adding this revering for the army is symbolized by the large number of renewed and well-maintained soldiers' monuments across the country.

Plevneliev stressed how deeply he was moved to stand before army units for the very first time as Commander in Chief. He pointed at the love and respect of Bulgarians for their military and wished servicemen health, success and firmness in their missions to guarantee national security and partnership commitments.

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