Military ceremonies, laying of flowers, exhibitions and film screenings were held around the country on Monday to mark Romania’s National Independence Day, the Victory of the United Nations Coalition in WWII and Europe Day, all three of which are celebrated every year on May 9. The European Commission representation in Romania launched a communication campaign entitled “Faces of European Solidarity” and consisting in an exhibition of photographs documenting Romanians’ solidarity with the people who fled Ukraine following the Russian invasion and the care and warmth with which they were received by the Romanians near the border areas, at refugee centers and in their homes. Europe must become stronger, more vocal, more capable and better prepared, said Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis in a Europe Day statement.