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 Nov 30 2021

Ziua Marii Uniri and the glorious journey of a German Prince into Romania

Ziua Marii Uniri, the Great Union Day, is the National Day of Romania. It is celebrated every year on December 1st, marking the unification of the last Romanian provinces - Transylvania, Crișana, Banat and Maramureș, with the Kingdom of Romania Romanian Kingdom in 1918, at the end of World War I.

The Great Union Day is marked by a large military parade in the capital, Bucharest. Speeches are delivered in Bucharest and Alba Iulia, the city where the declaration of the union originally took place. Throughout the country, local events commemorate the compatriots who lost their lives in World War I.

Lieutenant Colonel Liviu-George Limbalata joined the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) in August 2021, when he was appointed as Training and Integration Branch Head. As such, he is responsible for planning and coordinating the education and individual training of the entire JSEC personnel.

Before he and his family (wife and two children) moved to Ulm, they had lived in Magurele, a small town in the vicinity of Romanian capital, Bucharest. "We really love living in Ulm, we have made many new friends and discovered a lot of interesting places since our arrival here", LTC Limbalata said.
Liviu Limbatota
Did you know that the first king of Romania was born in Germany?

Carol I. of Romania was born on 20 April 1839, as Prince Karl von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, in the city of Sigmaringen, 80 km West of the Wilhelmsburg Barracks in Ulm, home of JSEC. He was elected Prince of Romania Romania in 1866, ruling as Prince (Domnitor) from 1866 to 1881, and as King of Romania from 1881 to 1914. He was the first ruler of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty, which ruled the country until 1947. His 48 year long reign stands as the longest reigning period in the entire Romanian history.

Even though at the beginning of his reign, Carol I. was reluctantly received by the Romanian people, he is currently seen as a towering figure of national history. In the 2006 TV show "100 Greatest Romanians", Carol I was voted the second greatest Romanian who has ever lived, after the famous Voivode of Moldavia, Stephen the Great.

Carol I. died on 10 October 1916, at the Peles Castle, which was built by himself in the town of Sinaia, in the Southeastern Carpathian Mountains, about 120 kilometres North of Bucharest. Shortly after its inauguration in 1883, Peles Castle became the favored royal residence, and two future kings of Romania, Charles II. and Michael I. were born here.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

The National Assembly in Alba Iulia (1 December 1918)
The Resolution of the National Assembly.
King Carol I
Carol I, the first king of Romania.
Peles Castle
When Carol I. visited Sinaia for the first time, he fell in love with the magnificent Mountain scenery and built Peles Castle, the favored royal residence of the Romanian Monarchy.

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