Marking the national Day of Defence on Thursday, defence ministry state secretary Szilárd Németh said Hungarians could always count on the country’s soldiers to risk their own lives to protect the lives of their compatriots in times of peace, in emergencies, during disasters and in the midst of the pandemic.
The Day of Defence, celebrated since 1992, commemorates the soldiers who recaptured Buda Castle from the Austrian occupiers during Hungary’s 1848-49 freedom fight.
“We have been proud of the courage of Hungarian soldiers ever since,” Németh said.
He expressed thanks and appreciation to the Hungarian army for serving their homeland “in an exemplary way” and protecting Hungary’s independence, peace, security and freedom.
He also commended the army for its “outstanding and indispensable role” in containing the first wave of the novel coronavirus epidemic, and for serving at the southern borders in a joint operation with the police to protect Hungarian and European security.