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100 years since Christmas uprising marked at Cetinje: Loyalty to homeland is taught by their examples

100 years since Christmas uprising marked at Cetinje: Loyalty to homeland is taught by their examples
Published date 06.01.2019 14:43 | Author PR Service

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“Without memory and respect of the glorious ancestors and their work, there would be no present day Montenegro. Montenegrin country and all Montenegrin would have disappeared.” Prime Minister Duško Marković said today at the Solemn Academy at Zetski dom, Cetinje.

“Deeply bowing to the heroic sacrifice of Christmas insurgents, as well as the severe suffering of Montenegrin families in the years of terror that followed - today we can rightly say that those victims and these sufferings were granted their well deserved serenity in the renewal of the Montenegrin name and the Montenegrin state on May 21, 2006 "- Prime Minister Marković emphisised. He noted that we need to understand the delusion of ones in difficult and troubled times, just like the vision and the sacrifice of others in defending the threatened right to a Montenegrin name and uniqueness.

“Today, I would like to see less unfounded concerns about our state dignity, and much less excitement for those who are appropriating our century-old identity while fighting for their own," the Prime Minister concluded.

Defense Minister Predrag Bošković said that the Ministry of Defense and the Government of Montenegro do not forget the Christmas heroes, by which examples youth will learn how to pronounce loyalty to the homeland.

"The immortal ideas of their souls, will warm up new generations," Bošković said. He pointed out that the Christmas uprising was an event that was not known for a long time, but "the truth always finds ways to show to the light, despite the depth of oblivion." "Their flag of honor and memory was passed from sons to descendants, to again return to the ancestral vowed thought - that the soldier defends the coat-of-arms on a cap, defends the idea over which he, sworn in, on honor and on life," Minister Bošković at the Solemn Academy said.

Today's ceremony in Cetinje, organised by the Ministry of Defense, had two parts - at the Heros of Christmas Uprising Monument 2019 in Bajice and Zetski dom, where the Solemn Academy was held. The Academy was attended by the President of the Parliament of Montenegro, Ivan Brajović, former President Filip Vujanović, members of the Government, and other representatives of the state, political, cultural and scientific life of Montenegro. President Milo Djukanović, in impossibility to attend the ceremony, sent congratulatory letter to the Government and the Ministry of Defense for recognizing the significance of this great jubilee.

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Prime Minister Duško Marković, Minister of Defense, Predrag Bošković and Cetinje Mayor Aleksandar Kašćelan laid the wreath at the monument in Bajice.

In the Zetski dom there was a dramatic presentation performed with a theme from the Christmas uprising, directed by director Željko Sošić for this occasion. The final part of the Solemn Academy was the handover of the sword that Minister Bošković handed over to the Commander of the Honorable Guard, Captain Milija Čabarkapa. This is a replica that was made according to the originals of the officer's swords from 1910, which will be used in all future ceremonies that require and imply the participation of the Ceremonial Guard of the Army of Montenegro.

The Christmas uprising of the Montenegrin people was erected under the command of Krsto Zrnov Popović, 6th January 1919, according to the new, or 24th December 1918, according to the old calendar. The aim was to cancel the decisions of the so-called Podgorica Assembly, dated 26th November 1918, on the illegal and illegitimate attachment of Montenegro to Serbia, and to liberate Montenegro from the actual military occupation of the Serbian army, to defend and affirm Montenegro's state independence, and that Montenegro as a fully hedged and equal state-legal subject enters the Yugoslav Confederation.