Speaking at a celebration of Hungary’s St. Stephen’s day national holiday in Kossuth Square on Sunday, István Simicskó, the defence minister, said in a speech at the oath-swearing of military officers that “nothing can replace the value of the homeland”.
“As long as there are Hungarian young people who choose military service, and, according to their oath, are even prepared to sacrifice their lives to defend the country, we have a national future”, the defence minister said.
“The celebration of the foundation of the state is at the same time a celebration of our Christian faith,” Simicskó said. “It is only the Christian faith that we have received from St. Stephen that can take us forward.”
“In order to preserve Hungary for our children and grandchildren, and to live here as Hungarians, we must protect our country’s borders and act against such dangers as mass illegal migration and terrorism,” the minister added.
As we wrote yesterday, President János Áder also had a speech at the Kossuth Square on Sunday at a celebration of Hungary’s St. Stephen’s Day national holiday.