Vukovar Remembrance Day Could Become Croatian State Holiday

Lauren Simmonds

This week, the Croatian Government announced plans for potential changes to the holiday calendar as we currently know it, and Vukovar could be set to get its very own day.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 7th of October, 2019, the subject of a potential new holiday would be Vukovar, Croatia’s hero city. The draft law that would put things into motion for a state holiday in the name of Vukovar has now been finalised, and the city’s residents have been waiting for it for a long time, N1 writes.

Three years after the Croatian Government began toying with such an idea, the draft law has now finally been completed. Defense Minister Tomo Medved has now confirmed it as such. However, the minister hasn’t revealed any new details, but it looks like Memorial Day could soon become a national holiday in Croatia. It also seems that the draft law does not define what many in Vukovar expected – bilingualism.

“In this way, people who have experienced trauma in Vukovar, the suffering, Croatian veterans and all others – can be sure that nobody will forget about it,” said Ljiljana Alvir from an association which deals with the families of missing persons, of which there are many in the case of Croatia’s famous hero city.

”The draft should see the light of day soon. The only problem is that it was promised during a government session in Vukovar back in 2016,” explained Medved.

“The adjustments were related to the holidays, ie, the calendar of holidays, and I believe that we’ll soon release the law on Vukovar and the law on regulated holidays into public procedure. You have had the opportunity to hear from the Prime Minister, he announced certain changes to the law on holidays, and this law is directly related to that law, “claims Croatian Defense Minister Tomo Medved.

The minister so far doesn’t want to confirm directly whether or not this means that the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Vukovar, which is celebrated on November the 18th every year, will become a public holiday, but unofficial information indicates that everything is going in that direction.

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