As Morski writes on the 27th of June, 2019, the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, presented the honours and decorations to distinguished individuals from all areas of public activity, on the occasion of the celebration of Croatian Statehood Day, which takes place on the 25th of June.
”Your successes are first and foremost a manifestation of patriotism, because you’ve contributed to strengthening the reputation of Croatia and to promoting excellence and the spreading of the positive values of our society,” said Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, adding that these types of awards of recognition and appreciation express deep gratitude and respect for the efforts made, which have resulted in exceptional success across different areas.
The president mentioned various artists and other people involved in culture, as well as respected scientists, businessmen, civil and church associations, and individuals who invest their love, time and energy into selfless work with children, the elderly, the sick and the helpless, as well as numerous humanitarians and of course, athletes.
”All of these successes represent the mosaic of what we are, which makes up our total identity. Because as I often point out, the biggest brand Croatia has are its people – its citizens,” she pointed out.
With the message that people are the highest value of every area, and how everyone should contribute to the development of their homeland in their own way and within their sphere, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović congratulated all those who received decorations.
Among the distinguished individuals, for his extraordinary contribution to the construction of a sovereign Croatian state through many long and tireless years of work and creativity on the Croatian music scene, the late Oliver Dragojević was posthumously awarded, the award was received by Oliver’s wife, Vesna.
Among other names who received awards from across various fields of interest in Croatia, looking solely at the group of musicians, the group in which the beloved Oliver earned his recognition, Maksim Mrvica also received an award, for his outstanding music success and the promotion of Croatian culture across the world, as well as the realisation of cultural cooperation between Croatia and the People’s Republic of China.
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