THE CHANCELLERY OF
THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES ATTEND
CELEBRATION MARKING SERBIA’S STATEHOOD DAY IN ORAŠAC
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince
Aleksandar II and Princess Katarina together with Prime Minister of Serbia
Dr Zoran Đinđić, commemorated the anniversary of the First
Serbian Uprising and the anniversary of the first Serbian Constitution
yesterday in Orašac, which from this year is celebrated as an official
On that same date, back in 1804, Karađorđe,
the brave ancestor of the Crown Prince, raised the banner of revolt that
signaled beginning of the end of the oppressive, almost five centuries-long,
Ottoman rule over Serbia. Some 30 years later, on the same day, Prince Miloš
I consented to the draft of the first Constitution, and it marked emergence
of the modern Serbian State.
An imposing gathering of the officials
of Serbian Government, Cabinet ministers of both Serbia and Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia, Parliament members, diplomatic corps dignitaries and
representatives of the public and cultural life attended the functions which
started in village of Orasac, with the Holy Liturgy celebration conducted by
Bishop Basil in the Church of the Ascension, and continued with program at
the exact place where Karađorđe invited his countrymen to revolt
against Ottomans in 1804.
Serbian Prime Minister was the first to
address those present and pointed out that the future of the new Serbia
reposes upon foundations laid in the first Serbian Constitution which
heralded a modern, civil and free European country.
In a very passionate and emotionally
charged speech, Crown Prince Aleksandar II said: “After fifty years of
absence of freedom in the 20th Century, Serbia returns itself and shows that
meaning of justice and freedom is not forgotten. Once more Serbia is
starting again from this same place.” Crown Prince Aleksandar II also
expressed his hope that the year 2004 shall prove to be as memorable
milestone of history for Serbia as 1804 and 1904 were.
After Orašac, Crown Prince Aleksandar
II hosted the Government officials at Oplenac, the family estate of the Karađorđević.
There, in the Memorial Church of St. George, the Crown Prince and Prime
Minister Đinđić laid wreaths upon the tomb of Karađorđe,
Founder of the Dynasty and father of the modern Serbia.
The final stage of the event was the
commemorative session of the Serbian Parliament in the old building in the
City of Kragujevac, where Prince Miloš I once summoned the first National
Assembly. There again, Crown Prince Aleksandar II sat with representatives
of the new democratic government of Serbia, among the same people that not
long ago attended the meetings of the Serbian Democratic Opposition leaders
that he convoked in Budapest, Banja Luka and Athens. The session was
accompanied by gun salutes and fireworks.
Together with Their Royal Highnesses
members of the Crown Council academician Miroslav Gašić, Ivan Antić
and Matija Bećković and Prof. Dr. Dragoljub Kavran attended the
celebration marking Serbia’s Statehood Day.
Belgrade, February 16, 2002
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