Belgrade’s Mayor Zoran Radojicic said that Belgrade Liberation Day is a big and significant holiday for Serbia and that it must be observed for the sake of ancestors, but also descendants and for the future, the city administration said on Sunday.
Mayor Zoran Radojicic and the President of the City Assembly Nikola Nikodijevic laid wreaths at the 1944 Belgrade Liberation Cemetery Monument to mark the day.
Radojicic pointed out that this is the day we remember the people who gave their lives 75 years ago for our freedom.
"October 20th is a particularly significant date for Belgrade. By commemorating this day, we pay tribute to our ancestors who paid with their lives to liberate our capital. We remind the younger generations that in these situations we were always on the right side of history,” he said.
“Although we are a small country, we have suffered great losses when considering percentages,” he added.
Radojicic also stressed that Belgrade was liberated together with allies, to whom Serbia owes a lot of gratitude.
"This is also a moment to remember our allies, the people of Russia, who at that difficult moment helped us to triumph together over the dark power that was then conquering Europe and the world,” he said. “The Russian people also made a great sacrifice so Belgrade would be freed. It is also important for us to remember those events for future generations, as we are witnessing that there are attempts to revise history."
Radojicic added that it is important that the date is observed with the message that the Serbia's people are freedom-loving and that Belgrade is a freedom-loving city.