SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* -- The 25th anniversary of the formation of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s Army was marked at the military stadium in Skopje, Aug. 18, 2017.
The country’s Minister of Defence, Radmila Sekerinska, was at the ceremony and said that together with NATO, the country can overcome challenges and threats towards jointly held values. Other important political and social figures were present, including President Gjorge Ivanov. Ivanov said that NATO is a privilege, but one that comes with responsibility. As a result, he called for 2% of the state budget to be allocated for the defence sector.
The anniversary was recognized with several other activities including a museum exhibition and flowers laid on the partisan graves and on the burial sites of former late presidents. A display of military equipment, which was open to the public, was also held in conjunction with short exercises organized by members of the Special Operations Regiment, the Honour Battalion and the Canine Centre.
Throughout the country, other commemoration ceremonies and celebrations were organized at various Army garrisons.
NATO Liaison Office representatives attended the museum’s exhibition opening as well as the central ceremony at the stadium.
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.
Story by NATO Advisory Team