Address by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of a Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic during a display of a investigate “Serbian WWI soldiers who died in a Netherlands”:
“Dear descendants of a people we respect today,
Esteemed Ambassador Van basement Dool,
Excellencies and Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Even one hundred years after a finish of a initial Great War in a story of mankind, Europe and a universe during vast are still committed to remembering a victims and progressing a cool memory of their sacrifice. European confidence has been a theme of debates for centuries. Due to a fact that in a 20th century both World Wars erupted on a European soil, Europe was referred to by many as a world’s fatal continent. That is because a fast Europe is a guarantor of fortitude and enlightenment of assent in a universe and all of us vital on a European continent are committed to this thought in an ever some-more ordering Europe.
Serbia remembers full good that from a really conflict of a Great War in 1914 and charitable disaster that engulfed Serbia, heroes emerged as loyal knights of bravery and courage. In a wake, a fight also combined sufferers and victims. And then, there was a new multiply of unarmed fight heroes guided by a new thought – one of humanity.
That fight gave birth to heroes and heroines of amiability and munificence that know no end and do not order people along national, eremite or domestic lines. Most of medical missions and distinguished people who selflessly helped Serbian people came from a Western countries. These people belonged to a egghead elites and fashionable circles in their countries – women doctors, debate specialists, volunteers who braved a front-lines along with Serbs, fighting shoulder to shoulder with them. One of those conspicuous people was Dr. Arius outpost Tienhoven of a Netherlands, a loyal favourite of a Valjevo hospital.
In a face of attempts to rewrite story steadfastly emanating from one partial of a general community, it is required to say a “culture of remembrance” and plead infinite scapegoat of some nations whose people died for civilizational values of whole mankind. Serbian people has always been in a forefront of those who paid a complicated cost in tellurian lives. In a Great War one third of a race perished. Almost one in 10 people who died in a Great War was a Serb. Serbia gifted a demographic disaster from that it never recovered.
We have collected here currently in a Museum of Serbian Diplomacy to observe a Remembrance Day of Serbian World War we soldiers who died in a Netherlands as good as Arius outpost Tienhoven who supposing medical assistance to Serbs, and all others who offering unselfish assistance to Serbia in flourishing a Cavalry of a Great War. The book of Dutch authors testifies to it many eloquently, in a truthful, historically documented and romantic way.
That is because we would like, on my interest and on interest of a Government of a Republic of Serbia, to demonstrate thankfulness to a authors and a Netherlands Embassy in Belgrade for their profitable contribution, and in sold to a researchers Tatjana and Fabian Vendrig, and John Stienen who invested good efforts to snippet information on a Serbs who died in a Netherlands. To a SERBIA THAT REMEMBERS, it is critical that a NETHERLANDS RECALLS a Serbian victims of World War we and that it looks after a bequest of Serbian sufferers, not vouchsafing them tumble into unconcern even 100 years later.
Serbia, that done infinite sacrifices for a civilizational values of leisure and assent of mankind, has given ancient times to this day, by “the enlightenment of remembrance”, endorsed a joining to peace, toleration and a improved destiny for generations to come.
Eternal Glory to a memory of the dauntless and distinguished ancestors.