Monument unveiled to Iron Regiment in Prokuplje
Today, Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, led the state ceremony marking the centenary of the liberation of Prokuplje, held in the Memorial Park. During the ceremony, the prime minister unveiled the monument to the Iron Regiment.
The ceremony, which began with the anthem of the Republic of Serbia in the performance of the Representative Guard Orchestra, was attended by ministers in the Serbian Government, representatives of the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces, local self-government and numerous citizens, as well as the cadets of the military and police academies.
The prime minister described the Iron Regiment, composed of iron-strong Toplica citizens, as - a regiment of the famous ones.
- Standing here, in front of this monument to 1,300 dead, six and a half thousand wounded, in front of history, in front of Serbia for which they fought, is more than honour, more than an obligation, this is the moment of absolute obedience, before those who made us unconquered, before those who have taught us the true meaning of the word - freedom. The debt we have is non-payable and eternal - the prime minister said.
She also said that freedom can be conquered only once by blood, steel and glorious death.
- After that, clever peoples appreciate, preserve and live. They enjoy it every day, every moment. They enjoy in their families, in the prospects of their families, the prospects that only peace can provide. They invest in freedom and invest in peace, their efforts, their work and all their knowledge, so that freedom and peace can be ensured and eternal for the future generations – Ana Brnabić said.
The author of the monument is academic sculptor Čedomir Ristić, and the initiative for its construction was launched in 2015.
Earlier today, in the building of the Municipality of Prokuplje, a session of the Government of the Republic of Serbia was held with a single item on the agenda - the development of the Toplica District. Apart form the ministers in the Government, the meeting was also attended by Mayor of Toplica District Milan Aranđelović, Mayor of Prokuplje Aleksandar Simonović and President of the Municipal Assembly of Prokuplje Dejan Lazić.