Romfilatelia joined the initiative of the Romanian Government and of Vrancea County Council to commemorate the heroes fallen during the First World War by attending the Public Conference”The Centenary of the Great War – Vrancea the Hero 1917 – 2017″, an event held on Wednesday, July 19th, at the “Unirea” National College in Focsani.
In the preamble of the conference a remembrance moment was held next to the commemorative plaque of the college, “a real catalog of students and students who have lost their life in the battles of the First World War.”
A solemn and moving moment was created by the Chamber Choir Pastorala from Focsani, which performed the Heroes’ Hymn. The master of ceremony was Mr. Traian Negulescu, Director of Culture Department of Vrancea County. Among the speakers were Prof. Dr. Ionut Cojocaru, historian and representative of the CENTENAR Department, who congratulated the local administration team for organizing the commemorative events, the Vice-president of the County Council of Vrancea,
Mr. Ionel Cel-Mare, who thanked for the Government’s support and involvement in the organization of these celebrations dedicate to the heroes of the Great War, in the context of the Centenary from the heroic battles at the gates of Moldova, history professor Adrian Atarcicov and Ruxandra Dobre, 2017 graduated of the “Unirea” National College.
Presenting the philatelic issue entitled ROMANIAN POSTAGE STAMP DAY: 1917, “THEY SHALL NOT PASS!” Romfilatelia’s General Manager, Mrs. Cristina Popescu underlined the mission of the Romanian stamp, adding that” We can consider the national stamp to be valuable to the collectors, but equally, it is a piece that, in its own way, tells a story, beyond time and space, about the pride of being Romanian, about heroism and the fight with the price of life, for a better future for our children. “
The two stamps of the issue are illustrated with the faces of the heroine of Jiu, Ecaterina Teodoroiu and brave general Eremia Grigorescu. The issue is complemented by a limited-edition of 245 pieces of philatelic album, equipped with a block of 2 stamps and the “first day” envelope, with the first day stamp applied in clear gold folio.
Romfilatelia’s General Manager, Mrs. Cristina Popescu, reminded the call that stood at the foundation of Great Romania: “They shall not pass!” Adding: “In time this statement became:” We are Romanians and we are proud of that! “.
The commemorative event was followed by a public conference, during which the General Manager of Romfilatelia had an extensive presentation with moments of the history of Great Romania in the philately treasury. Thus, through the postage stamp, illustrious faces such as those of the King Ferdinand I and Queen Maria, people of culture and politics such as: Nicolae Iorga, Iuliu Maniu, I.C. Bratianu, Iancu Flodor and Pantelimon Halippa, of the brave soldiers:
Alexandru Averescu, Ecaterina Teodoroiu and Eremia Grigorescu. At the end of the event, maps with the elements of the ROMANIAN POSTAGE STAMP DAY: 1917, “THEY SHALL NOT PASS!” were offered as philatelic gifts.