Delegations of the Olympic Committee and CISM with Minister Vulin at the 'Defence 78' exhibition
Delegation of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, led by President Božidar Maljković, and Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to CISM, led by Head of the Delegation Brigadier General Siniša Radović, together with Minister Aleksandar Vulin, have visited the exhibition of the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces entitled 'Defence 78' today.
Minister Vulin with the delegations made a tour of the exhibition dedicated to commemoration of the 20th anniversary of defence of the fatherland against the NATO aggression at the Museum of the City of Belgrade and presented its most important segments, indicating that this is a way to preserve what happened in 1999 from oblivion.
After visiting the 'Defence 78' exhibition, President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia Božidar Maljković pointed out that it was a fantastic setting that testifies to the great atrocity of NATO pact against small Serbia.
- I have been to a lot of museums, and my father was a soldier, too, and this, I would say, is a mix of all the best parts of those museums. Gruesome is the picture of these atrocities, especially those relating to Košare and these innocent children – Maljković emphasised, concluding that we all need to do our best to make sure that something like this never happen again.
Speaking about the impression that this multimedia setting left on him, Vice President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia Žarko Zečević emphasised that 'Defence 78' is an exceptional and impressive exhibition about the suffering of our people.
- I think this should be a permanent setting, for generations to see what was done to us, how they bombed us, to see those children who would now be students, fathers and mothers, to see how they were killed in an inhumane, immoral and criminal bombing – Zečević said.
Today, our celebrated member of Serbia's taekwondo national team Milica Mandić also visited the exhibition, saying that ‘Defence 78’ made a strong impression on her and recommended that everyone should visit it and see how our heroes fought.
- The exhibition is made very well, it evokes strong emotions and I think that all elementary and high school students should see our heroes and a part of our history – Milica said. The strongest impression, she added, was left on her by the room showing photographs of the youngest victims of NATO aggression.
- When you see their photos and toys, real “props” left after the bombing, I don't think anyone can remain indifferent – Milica Mandić said.
The exhibition ‘Defence 78’ by Dušan Jovović is a project initiated by the Ministry of Defence and Serbian Armed Forces, and the exhibition is a multimedia and interactive setup which for the first time displays video and printed materials which have not been presented to the public until now. The exhibition is divided into eight segments, while visual artistry rests upon authentic artefacts that came into existence during 1998 and 1999.
The exhibition setup uniquely depicts heroic defence of the country during the 78 days of NATO aggression, which began with the attack on FR Yugoslavia on 24th March 1999, without the approval of the United Nations Security Council and is dedicated to the victims among the military, police and civilians, including, unfortunately, many children.