Last Saturday in Perth, January 9, the Day of the Republika Srpska, was celebrated with the Ceremonial Academy and the program of remembrance. The organizer of this year’s celebration of an important historical date for the Serbian people was the Serbian Council of Western Australia.
After the opening ceremony, prayers, minutes of silence and intonation of the anthems of Australia, Serbia and Republika Srpska, Council President Kosta Mijatovic greeted those present and reminded them of the war of the 1990s and the fact that Serbs in Western Australia helped the Serbian people to survive for centuries. hearths.
It was helped by sending humanitarian aid to war orphans and the people, as well as aid to the army, but also by organizing protests on the streets of Perth, which sometimes numbered several thousand people, and by fighting for the truth about the Serbian people.
Mijatović also mentioned the heroes of that time: the recently deceased Borislav Saičić and his brothers, then the brothers Zečević, Petra Radanović and Branko Karabuva and his Society “Atos” which he led, as well as the then young students Thomas, Tara, Gloria, Tanja, Žarko and others.
He also paid tribute to all those who were led by the then organization of the Serbian National Alliance for Western Australia, who contributed to the people of Republika Srpska, Republika Srpska Krajina and Serbia.
Those present heard two sermons, the first by prof. Dr. Dragan Stanić, held earlier in the capital of Srpska Banja Luka, and another Dr. Dragoslav Bokan, read by Kosta Mijatović. After the sermons and the performed cultural and artistic program, journalist Milenko Kovačević read his article “Serbian today and tomorrow – a view from the diaspora.”
All these speeches were a kind of lesson for all present – both young and old – all imbued with a call for harmony and unity of the Serbian people in the homeland, Serbian countries and us in the diaspora.
“Without harmony, there is no survival or progress of Serbs,” it could be heard.
When it came to harmony, unity, love and faith, many bright examples from the glorious Serbian past were mentioned. One of the speakers compared the Lives of the Holy Archdeacon Stefan with what “Republika Srpska brought us, with its sacrifice and unbreakable courage, in defense of Serbianness, the cross of honor and the golden freedom”.
Guitarists from the Gatići brothers, Lazar I Toplica, sisters Milana and Jovana Matejser, who sang beautiful Serbian patriotic songs, performed live in the program, and Milena Hubana concluded the first part of the music recital with the song “Ne dam”.
The recital was interwoven with film materials of the Tourist Organization of RS, so those present could see the natural beauties and cultural and other sights of Srpska.
In the second part of the evening, a cultural and artistic program called “Proud and Eternal” was shown on the big screen, which delighted the audience. Assistance to the organizer of the Ceremonial Academy in Perth was provided by prof. Dr. Luka Kecman from the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka and the Radio-Television of Republika Srpska.
At the end of the evening, the representative of the organizers informed that messages from this gathering would be sent to the state bodies of Republika Srpska, as well as protest letters to some western countries due to the policy pursued to the detriment of Republika Srpska and the Serbian people.
The realization of the Republika Srpska Days program in Western Australia continues with new activities.
After the literary evening on December 18, at which prominent writers from Republika Srpska and this Academy were presented, a film evening dedicated to RS followed, as well as an evening dedicated to the suffering of the Serbian people in Muslim and Croat casemates in BiH from 1992 to 1995.
Other activities are also planned, the goal of which is to bring Republika Srpska closer to our people in Western Australia.
Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.
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