ON MARCH 3 IN THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY WE WORSHIP THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF BULGARIAN LIBERATION - THE ORIGINAL OF THE SAMARA FLAG
February 25, 2016
In honor of March 3 visitors to the National Museum of Military History will have the unique opportunity to see displayed only on this day, the greatest sacrament of the Bulgarian Liberation - the original of the Samara Flag. Traditionally, on the national holiday, the museum announces Open Doors Day for the permanent chronological and external expositions, as well as for the temporary exhibitions.
Usually the National Museum of Military History pulls out Samara Flag for a special display on round anniversaries of Russo-Turkish War. In 2016 the museum celebrates its century-long-existence and throughout the whole year will present unique exhibits treasured for the descendants.
On May 6 (18), 1877 Knyaz Nikolay Nikolaevich hands the Samara Flag to the Commander of the 3rd Battalion of Bulgarian Volunteer Troops Lieutenant-Colonel Pavel Kalitin, who passes it to its first flag-bearer – non-commissioned officer of the 54th Minsk Infantry Regiment Anton Marchin. Then the Voivode Tseko Petkov, who drives in the last golden nail to the flagstaff, sais: “ Let the Lord allow this holy flag to pass throughout the all long-suffering Bulgarian lands. Let our mothers, wives and sisters wipe with it tears from their mournful eyes, and then eternal peace and prosperity let it come”. Under the folds of Samara Flag 3rd Battalion fights near Stara Zagora, Nova Zagora, in the Battles of Shipka and Sheynovo. The sense of duty and responsibility of Bulgarian volunteers becomes a powerful force guarding the shrine from enemy hands touch. The flag becomes a symbol of the participation of Bulgarian volunteers in the Russo-Turkish War. Bringing through the centuries memory of our ancestors’ heroism, today it gives us cause to feel pride of our glorious history.
The road to the Liberation of Bulgaria has its merited place also in the permanent exhibition of the NMMH. In it are presented more than 150 exhibits, witnesses of Russo-Turkish War and of the heroism of Bulgarian volunteers, including:
General Dragomirov’s landing boat, honoring decorations of the of Samara Flag rescuer Nikola Korchev, the folding-table on which is signed Odrin armistice, the camp metal pot of Branislav Veleshki, on which is marked battle route of Bulgarian Volunteering Troops, warrior’s rusk, original paintings of eminent painters, depicting some of the most glorious battles at Shipka, Sheynovo and Grivitsa and many others.
The event will be implemented with media support of bTV Media Group.
On the occasion of 138th anniversary of the Liberation of Bulgaria on March 2 from 11:00 the Naval Museum - Varna will open exhibition “Liberation War - Faces and Paintings" with fiction / artistic works recreating milestone events of Russo-Turkish War.
On March 3, free admission is announced also for the branches of NMMH – the Naval Museum in Varna and the Aviation Museum in Plovdiv.