Solemn events began with the laying of flowers at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and with the consecration of the battle flags of the Bulgarian National Army. The ceremony was attended by President Rumen Radev.
The event began at 10 hours local time with a march of soldiers from 10 units representing all kinds of armed forces and military universities in Bulgaria. 1600 Bulgarian soldiers, 52 tracked and wheeled combat vehicles, rocket troops, as well as 14 helicopters and airplanes took part in the parade on Prince Alexander I Square. First time in stories present-day Bulgaria in the parade was attended by military units of the armed forces of neighboring Macedonia.
Samples of almost all types of vehicles in service with the Bulgarian army passed through the square in the capital: Tanks T-72, 122-mm self-propelled guns 2S1 Gvozdika (produced in Bulgaria), BMP-1 and BMP-23 (Bulgarian development based on Gvozdiki), 120-mm self-propelled mortar B1-11 "Sani" (made in Bulgaria ), Osa-AK air defense missile systems, 152 mm howitzer D-20, MLRS BM-21 Grad, Broadcasting Company Tochka, AMP Mercedez G 270, BM Humvee, BBKM Commando selest and Guardian ”, PU SAM S-300, S-125 and S-200. Aviation It was presented with the MiG-29, Su-25, C-27J Spartan, L-39ZA, Pilatus PC9M, Mi-17, Mi-24, AS-532 AL Cougar helicopters.
"Today, the Bulgarian army is regaining the role of a guarantor of security and prosperity, and Bulgaria is becoming the stronghold of peace in this region of Europe", - President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev declared in his welcoming address. He specifically thanked the Macedonian soldiers who took part in the parade, calling them brothers. Bulgaria’s Minister of Defense, Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov, also thanked the Bulgarian soldiers standing guard over the independence and territorial integrity of the state.