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Homage to the Soldiers who Died in the Afghanistan War

CHISINAU, February 15, 2019 — The National Army service members from all garrisons attended the events dedicated to Commemoration Day for those who died in the Afghanistan War that were organized today throughout the country.

In Chisinau, Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza, together with the National Army Commanding Officer Corps, war veterans and their families, participated in the Memory March and laid flowers at “Feciorilor Patriei — sfanta amintire” Memorial from Riscani district of the capital city.

During the commemoration meeting held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary since the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Afghanistan, the Minister of Defense stated that those who fought in the war showed courage and commitment and honored with dignity their military oath.

“On this day, in 1989, the last soldiers of the former Soviet Army drove their military vehicles across the bridge near Termez, Uzbekistan. It was a missions that was twofold difficult, because the military oath had been honored in a different part of the world, far away from their families, motherland, and homes,” said Eugen Sturza.

Minister Sturza added that the veterans’ unique experience is important until this day because they are involved in the decision-making processes of different force structures and social life aspects.

“I am grateful to you for identifying the problems you are facing and their solutions by participating in the development of social protection policies that refer to you directly. The veterans’ social protection has been and remains one of the priorities of the Government of which I am part of, but the appreciation is only yours,” mentioned Minister Sturza.

The National Army service members from other garrisons also paid tribute to the soldiers who died in the Afghanistan war within commemoration ceremonies organized by territorial-military centers and military-administrative centers, together with local and regional public authorities.

About 12,500 Moldovan citizens participated in the Afghanistan War between 1979 — 1989. 301 of them were killed, four were declared missing and 257 were injured.

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