“Vidovdan is important for the Serbian people”

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Martina Tomašević Hon

Chicago declared Vidovdan a holiday of that city, and Deputy Mayor Martina Tomašević Hon, who played a big role in the realization of that idea, says that she had no idea that the initiative regarding Vidovdan would cause such attention.

Tomasevic Hon says that he hopes that the Serbian community in Chicago will try to organize a Serbian parade in the coming years, stating that there have been such attempts before.

For that, he says, it is only necessary to simply obtain a permit, and he hopes that Vidovdan will remain as a holiday in the Chicago calendar even when someone else takes over the function of mayor.

– Our goal is to celebrate all communities in Chicago, including Serbs. Vidovdan in Chicago is not an official holiday, in the sense that people do not go to work that day. It is a recognition that Vidovdan is important for the Serbian people in Chicago. Those proclamations can be issued every year – forever – said Tomašević Hon.

She added that Belgrade is a sister city of Chicago and that Serbs are a huge part of the Chicago community.

Martina Tomašević Hon is the child of Serbian military pilot Nikola Tomašević and African-American Veronika Hona. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in law from the University of Berkeley.

After a long career in the American Congress, she responded to the invitation of the mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, to take over the duty of her deputy.

– I want members of all communities to be loved and respected. I may be an idealist, but I will not give up on my goal. I want to help humanity understand everything we have in common and to respect all our differences instead of hating each other because of them – she said.

Tomašević Hon said that, as she says, peacekeepers are needed.

Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.

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