Ministry of defence Republic of Serbia

Gun salute to mark Victory Day

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović, PhD, attended the gun salute at Kalemegdan today, performed by the Serbian Armed Forces' guardsmen to mark May 9 – the Victory over Fascism Day. He said that we must never forget all the daughters and sons of our country who had given their lives to win freedom.

- We have started the celebration of a great holiday for our country with the gun salute. On Victory Day we remember all the daughters and sons of our country who gave their lives or offered them at the altar of the homeland in order to win the most important thing, freedom, security and a normal life - Minister Stefanović emphasized. As he pointed out, they had bequeathed us a large legacy.

- They obliged us to remember all the achievements of their struggle against fascism, not to forget all the terrors of fascism that took place on the territory of our country and those who had concentration camps, even camps for children. We must not forget who was on Hitler's side, and who fought against fascism - said Minister Stefanović.

He noted that many of those fighters had been children at the time when, by force of circumstances, they took up arms to fight for freedom.   

- It is our task to fight to preserve that freedom, not to forget their sacrifice and how dearly that freedom cost Serbia, but also to strengthen our military, to invest money in its equipment and strengthen its personnel. Let us try to always remember that only a strong military means a strong Serbia, and only a strong Serbia can guarantee prosperity and progress to its citizens - said Minister Stefanović.

The Serbian Armed Forces’ guardsmen performed the gun salute at Kalemegdan by firing ten volleys from six artillery pieces. The gun salute was also attended by the Guard Commander, Major General Milomir Todorović.

The salute was preceded by the raising of the national flag and playing of the anthem, after which the salute was fired by Order of the President of the Republic of Serbia and the Supreme Commander of the Serbian Armed Forces, Aleksandar Vučić.

The Victory over Fascism Day is marked in memory of 9 May 1945 when the Second World War ended in Europe with Germany’s unconditional surrender.
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