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    Slavski Kolač, Sveća, i Žito na SNO Vidovdan Slava June 30, 2013 Chicago.
    The Slava Bread, Candle, and Wheat along with the Icon of St. Lazar of Serbia.
    Serbian National Defense Vidovdan commemoration
    at New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, IL June 30, 2013.
    Photo by Aleksandra Rebic.

    "Vidovdan je dan kada se sećamo svih onih koji su dali život za Srbiju! Vidovdan (June 28) is the day that we remember all those who gave their lives for Serbia starting from the Battle of Kosovo, through the Balkan Wars, WWI, WWII, the 90's Wars and up until the present day."

    Vera Dragisich
    Secretary of the Movement of Serbian Chetniks Ravne Gore
    June 28, 2015

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    VIDOVDAN

    "U nebo gledam
    Prolaze vekovi

    Secanja davnih
    Jedini lekovi

    Kud god da krenem tebi se vracam ponovo
    Ko da mi otme iz moje duse Kosovo

    Vidovdan!
    Ko vecni plamen
    U nasim srcima
    Kosovskog boja
    Ostaje istina

    Vidovdan!
    Oprosti boze sve
    Nase grehove
    Junastvom daruj
    Kceri i sinove."


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    "I look at the sky
    Centuries go by
    The long ago memories
    Are the only cure

    Wherever I may to turn to,
    I’ll always return to you again
    Nobody can take Kosovo away from my soul

    St. Vitus Day!
    Like an eternal flame
    Burning in our hearts
    Kosovo’s battle
    Stays true

    St. Vitus Day!
    God, please forgive
    Us for our sins
    Give courage to our
    Daughters and sons."


    VIDEO posted on You Tube by "Делије Шабац"
    Published on Jun 27, 2011




    https://youtu.be/46wEk7WNd6g

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    CHETNIK NIGHT! / Četnićko Veće!
     
    Friday / Petak July 3rd, 2015 7:00 p.m.
     
    At "Serbian Brothers Help / Srpska Bratska Pomoc Lake Villa, IL
     
    19697 W. Grand Ave
    Lake Villa, IL 60046
     
    Chetnik music all night as well as kolo dancing.
    Music by Alex Culafić & Danny Danilović.
    Entrance is free with donations accepted.
     
    Entertainers Danny Danilović and Alex Culafić
     
     
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    Aleksandra's Note:It is with a very heavy heart that I regretfully inform you that the President of the Serbian National Defense Council of America, Slavko Panovich, died last night on July 3, 2015. More information will be forthcoming.

    He was my friend. He was a great Serb and a great American. He was among the very best of us.

    MEMORY ETERNAL.

    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic
    July 4, 2015

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    Преминуо почасни председник Славко Б. Пановић

    Дана 3. јула 2015.г, у 9:45 увече, упокојио се у Господу наш дугогодишњи Председник Српске народне одбране у Америци брат Славко Б. Пановић.

    Нажалост, доживео је да само неколико дана понесе титулу почасног и доживотног Председника СНО, после Видовданског конгреса.

    Иза њега остаје значајно дело међу Србима Америке и посебно како је домаћински, пожртвовано, марљиво, срчано и стално водио највећу српску националну организацију увек у духу слободарства, православља, традиције и српских националних интереса.

    У следећем броју „Слободе“, чији је он био одговорни уредник, више о његовом и животу и делу које је за собом оставио.


    http://www.snd-us.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=327:preminuo-slavko-panovic&catid=9:snd-vesti&Itemid=58


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    Mr. Slavko Panovich, President of the Serbian National Defense Council of America.
    100 Years of SND and the anniversary of the beginning of World War One.
    Vidovdan, June 28, 2014 in Chicago.
    Photo by Aleksandra Rebic.

    Slavoljub Slavko Panović (1936 - 2015
     
    Slavoljub Slavko B. Panovic, 79, passed away Friday July 3, 2015. born April 9, 1936 in Ratina, Kraljevo, Serbia, to Bogdan and Divna Panovic.
     
    Dearly beloved husband of Maria (nee Jelača) Panović, cherished father of Angelina (Dorde) Popović and Deda to Katarina Ana and Arya Jovanka-Maria Popović. Adored son of the late Bogdan and the late Divna Panović. Dearest brother to late Radovan (Genevieve) Panovich, late Božidarka (late Rafajilo) Božikić and late Desanka (late Mićo) Illić. Brother-in-law to Mihailo (Draginja) Paštar, and dear uncle to Grujo (Gordana) Božikić with son and daughter, Mihailo (Maureen) Panovich and daughter, Milanka (Nikola) Vujatov and sons, Milan Illić,  Dusan (Jamie) Paštar with sons and daughter, and Natalie (Ostoja) Tomich and sons. He will also be dearly missed by his extended family, kumovi, cousins, and friends in Serbia, the USA, and world-wide.
     
    Slavko was a proud past president of the Serbian National Defense Council of America for 22 years, past president and member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in East Chicago, Indiana, member of St. Simeon Mirotočivi Church in Chicago, and past vice president of Old Holy Resurrection Church (Palmer Square) in Chicago.
     
    He retired from the Hektoen Institute at Cook County Hospital as a microbiologist; and prior to immigrating to the United States in 1963, he was an air traffic controller in Serbia.
     
    Visitation on Wednesday July 8th from 3:00 to 9:00 pm, with Pomen (Serbian Orthodox Wake service ) 7:00 p.m. at Sveta Gora Serbian Orthodox Funeral Home, 3517 N. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, Illinois.
     
    Mr. Panovic will lie in state from 10:00 am until the time of Opelo (Serbian Orthodox Funeral Service) on Thursday July 9th at 11:00 am at The Most Holy Mother of God Serbian Orthodox Monastery of New Gracanica, 35240 N. Grant Ave., Third Lake, Illinois.

    Our beloved Slavko dedicated his life to his family, the Serbian Orthodox Church, and for the defense and betterment of Serbian people both in the United States and abroad in the former Yugoslavia.  May his memory be eternal - Vječnaja Pamjat!
     
     
    For more information please call SVETA GORA SERBIAN ORTHODOX FUNERAL HOME, telephone 773-588-2200.
     
     

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    Aleksandra's Note:This year, 2015, we have a lot to celebrate during the "Drazin Dan" events. Although "Drazin Dan" is typically held in July of each summer to commemorate the anniversary of General Mihailovich's death, the patriots who gather together to mark this anniversary always celebrate the General's life and legacy so that Death does not have the final victory. With the official "rehabilitation" of General Mihailovich in May of this year by the High Court in Belgrade, Serbia, and the overturning of the travesty of his conviction on false charges in 1946, we have even more to celebrate! The "Drazin Dan" events typically involve a Christian Memorial Service at a Serbian Orthodox Church, followed by festivities that include good food, good entertainment, good company, and good times. Good memories are made and, perhaps most importantly, youngsters are drawn into the Chetnik fold to carry the torch into the future.

    Long Live General Mihailovich!

    Glory to God!

    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic
    July 2015

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    DRAZIN DAN EVENTS 2015

    July 12, 2015 – St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, Indiana, USA.

    July 17, 2015 – 11 a.m. Parastos St. Sava Monastery, Libertyville, Illinois, USA.(Organization of Serbian Chetniks “Ravna Gora”)

    July 17, 2015 – St. John Serbian Orthodox Church, Bellwood, Illinois, USA.

    July 18 & 19, 2015 – St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Cathedral on Nash Road in Hamilton, Ontario and the General Mihailovich Memorial Hall in Winona, Ontario, CANADA (Movement of Serbian Chetniks Ravne Gore)

    July 19, 2015 – St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and Hotel Ravna Gora, London, ENGLAND (Movement of Serbian Chetniks Ravne Gore)

    July 19, 2015 – St. George Serbian Orthodox Church and Chetnik Hall in Schererville, Indiana, USA (Movement of Serbian Chetniks Ravne Gore)


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    Pogledi
    Book review by Momchilo Dobrich
    June 30, 2015

    "Fatherland"
    By Nina Bunjevac
     
    Inspiration: "Fatherland"
    By Robert Harris
     
     

    ”Fatherland”, by Nina Bunjevac.

    Publisher: Jonathan Cape London.

    Year: 2014

    Book review by Momchilo DOBRICH

    Fatherland is the story of Petar Bunjevac and his family, principally concerning the effect his life and ambitions had on his daughter Nina, the author of the book. Nina is especially talented in cartooning and telling her story in a graphic novel style. Not only does she draw well, her art is accompanied with short and to the point paragraphs, which allows her story to flow.

    Her father was born in the village of Upper Bogicevci, Slavonija. Petar was five years old when the Nazis invaded the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Soon after, Slavonija, the Bunjevac homeland, was destined to suffer horribly at the hands of the Croatian Nazi puppet regime. Tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children were murdered during the sadistic rule of the Croatian Ustasha.

    Although Nina cannot for certain say what happened to her family during the war, her father survived along with his mother, Stana, while she claims Petar’s father Djuro died in the ovens of Jasenovac Concentration Camp.

    After the war Petar was jailed in Tito’s Yugoslavia following his military service. He witnessed the hypocrisy of the Communist system which forced him to leave his homeland by escaping Tito’s socialist utopia to Austria, after which he finally immigrated to Canada, settling in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario. Here he worked and started a family, blessed with one son and two daughters, of which Nina is the youngest.

    While in Canada, Petar decided to focus his dislike of the Communist regime in Yugoslavia by joining a Serbian nationalist group. Dedicated to destroying the illegal and criminal Belgrade dictatorship, Petar took on a second life akin to being a spy. Nina’s mother at some point decided that this life was not for her and returned to Yugoslavia with her two daughters, while leaving her son Petar behind with his father.

    From here I do not wish to judge Nina’s perspectives on her upbringing and family life, which takes up much of the book. Much of it is negative and bleak, and she has the right to portray her family in any way she wishes. However, Nina has included in her work an extremely brief and judgemental history of the Balkans, including an even shorter history of both the royal and communist Yugoslav states. This is where, from a historical perspective, the book goes wrong. Much of the history presented is not only flawed, it has been written quite callously. When proven historical facts are so misrepresented by the author, anything may be possible, and thus we can question her personal historical narrative.

    At this point it is difficult to continue as the work is full of historical conjecture. From this point I will focus on the single most glaring falsehood within her book. Nina claims at several points that Army-general Dragoljub-Draza Mihailovich was a Nazi collaborator and traitor!

    Nina has drawn remarkable depictions of General Dragoljub “Draza” Mihailovich on various pages of the book, yet beside these pictures are accompanying paragraphs full of disinformation. She says Mihailovich and his Royal Yugoslav Army in the Homeland, also known as Chetniks, unenthusiastically joined with the Partisans to fight the Germans, but then turned to the Germans fearing a Communist takeover. She is either unaware of the truth or knowingly manipulated facts to support her account.

    Mihailovich, as a colonel in the Yugoslav Army, refused to surrender after the capitulation of his country, and arrived on Ravna Gora in central Serbia on May 11, 1941 and began preparing the nation for guerrilla war. By contrast, Tito and his Partisans were nowhere to be found at this point due to the pact between Stalin and Hitler, which made Nazis and Communists mutual oppressors in many parts of Europe. When Hitler turned on his fellow tyrant Stalin on June 22 1941, only then did Tito leave Belgrade and his gracious Nazi hosts. This took place a full 42 days since “Cica” Draza as he became affectionately known by his countrymen, arrived at Ravna Gora and 64 days since the end of the April War.

    It also must be said that by the time the Communistс took to the field, many Serb communities had already formed Chetnik detachments to fight for their very lives against the murderous Croatian Ustashi. Mihailovich had already sent officers, men and what little material he had into Bosnia to repel the bloodthirsty Ustasha, while Communist party members stayed low. More often than not the Communists even assisted the Ustasha by assassinating prominent Serb leaders, so as to prevent any non-communist resistance groups from taking root.

    Following this she claims Mihailovich “took a narrow minded view of war at large”. Not only is this statement ignorant it also seems to be intentionally deceptive. This quote could effortlessly be discredited in many ways, however I only need to quote a British SOE officer who was assigned to Mihailovich’s headquarters on Ravna Gora who personally witnessed many Chetnik anti-Axis operations, Brigadier Charles D. Armstrong.

    Regarding Mihailovich’s view of the war Armstrong wrote, “Ours, a short time policy with requests for action to help in the defeat of the Germans as quickly as possible. The General on the other hand knew the Allies would win the war and taking a long term view of the problems was concerned as the best way he could conserve his forces in order to be able to win the peace”. Brigadier Armstrong then explains the motivation for Mihailovich’s strategy, “The Germans, demoniac psychologists that they are, were inflicting fearful retribution on the population”. In short his policy was to save innocent Serbian lives by not entering in needless attacks on the German occupiers for little or no military or strategic gain.

    All that being said, General Mihailovich did launch yearly offensive operations against the Axis. The best know action took place on October 5, 1943 when the railway bridge at Visegrad was blown. Over 2500 Chetniks assaulted the bridge, which was defended by a mixed battalion of Germans and Croatian Home-guards. This offensive was witnessed by an Allied mission including British SOE and American OSS operatives. The list of anti-Axis operations is long, however not the aim of this book report.

    From here there is little point in refuting Nina’s other claims against the Chetnik movement. I have made my argument showing the total disregard for historical accuracy by Nina Bunjevac. Sadly, without further background reading the casual reader in Canada and other nations would likely be unaware of these facts. Though no fault of their own, it should be the responsibility of the author to provide accurate information for her readers. At a minimum, the author could have been impartial in portraying this conflict, but somehow I think that wouldn’t support her narrative.

    In conclusion, with previous awareness of the facts of what really transpired in WWII Yugoslavia, I cannot recommend this book. I can only hope that one day Nina will use her talent for a good, accurate and truly open-minded understanding of the past which influences our present, and her father’s past. I also pray that the perpetuation of Tito’s flawed legacy and tiresome Communist propaganda will cease.

    On this day, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    April 12, 2015

    http://www.pogledi.rs/en/a-book-of-falsehoods/

     
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    Novosti
    Marko LOPUŠINA
    July 12, 2015

    Srbi u SAD ponovo traže da se đeneralu Mihailoviću podigne spomen-obeležje. Ideja stara četiri decenije, mrtvo je slovo na papiru.

    Draža Mihailović i američki piloti u Pranjanima 1944.
     
    POSLE rehabilitacije generala Dragoljuba Mihailovića mnogi Srbi u Americi podržavaju ideju staru četiri decenije da se komandantu Jugoslovenske kraljevske vojske u otadžbini podigne spomenik u glavnom gradu SAD - Vašingtonu. Taj zahtev od 1975. godine stoji u Stejt departmentu, ali je i dalje mrtvo slovo na papiru. Poručuje ovo Aleksandra Rebić, hroničar srpske emigracije u SAD, navodeći da Amerikanci ne treba više da oklevaju i da je došlo vreme da iskažu zahvalnost srpskom narodu.
     
    - U sadašnjem naporu da se obnovi i uspostavi istorijski dugotrajno prijateljstvo i uzajamna saradnja između SAD i Srbije ništa ne bi bilo snažnije nego da se podigne spomenik Draži Mihailoviću u centru Vašingtona. U znak zahvalnosti SAD za uspešno spasavanje više od 500 američkih avijatičara za vreme fašizma, Stejt department treba da izda dozvolu da se podigne spomenik - smatra Rebić.

    Američki nacionalni komitet avijatičara, zajedno sa Srpskom narodnom odbranom i Pokretom srpskih četnika "Ravna gora", pokrenuo još 1975. godine inicijativu za postavljenje monumenta sa likom generala Mihailovića u Centralnom parku u Vašingtonu. O njegovim zaslugama na spasavanju američkih pilota, koji su bili oboreni tokom Drugog svetskog rata nad Jugoslavijom, svedočili su pred Konresom sami avijatičari. Američki Kongres i gradske vlasti Vašingtona dale su saglasnost za podizanje spomenika đeneralu Draži. Stejt department je međutim zaustavio ovu inicijativu da se "SAD ne bi zamerile maršalu Titu, predsedniku Jugoslavije".

    - Mi smo se žestoko usprotivili takvom stavu Stejt departmenta, rekaviši da spomenik đeneralu Draži nije stvar politike, već istorije. Reč je o čoveku koji je spasao naše živote. Međutim, od toga ništa nije bilo - svedočio je svojevremeno pilot Milton Frend.

    Prema britanskim zvaničnim podacima, posle Drugog svetskog rata iz tadašnje Jugoslavije izbeglo je oko 40.000 pripadnika Jugoslovenske kraljevske vojske u otadžbini, kojom je komandovao Draža Mihailović. Ovi politički emigranti, kako ih je prozvao Josip Broz Tito, u emigraciji su negovali kult đenerala Draže kao simbola srpskog otpora fašizmu.

    Libertivil, IL
    Foto: Aleksandra Rebic
     
    - U srpskom rasejanju ima 15 spomenika đenerala Draže Mihailovića. Nalaze se u manastiru Sveti Sava u Libertivilu, u manastiru Gračanica na Trećem jezeru i u Belvudu kod Čikaga, kao i u porti Crkve Sveti Sava u Milvokiju. Jedan je u Indijani i dva u državi Ohajo. U Australiji ima pet spomenika - u Srpskom centru u Adelaidi, u Udruženju srpskih četnika u Sidneju, u Srpskom klubu u Kanberi i dva na crkvenim imanjima. Đeneral ima i tri spomenika u Kanadi - tvrdi Aleksandra Rebić.

    Inicijativa za podizanje spomenika Mihailoviću obnovljena je 2012. godine, a danas, 2015. godine, to je još mrtvo slovo na papiru.

    IMAJU DOSIJE

    KAKO tvrdi politički analitičar dr Miroslav Božinović iz Detroita, američka vlada jako dobro zna ko je general Draža Mihailović.

    - Stejt department poseduje dosije o Dragobulju Mihailoviću, u kome piše da je general Draža bio plemenit vojnik, demokrata naklonjen Zapadu - tvrdi dr Božinović.


    http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/naslovna/drustvo/aktuelno.290.html:557021-Draza-jos-u-fioci-Stejt-departmenta


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    "Сјутра у 10 сати, на Ади Циганлији ће се одржати парастос неумрлом вођи Трећег Српског устанка, Ђенералу Драгољубу Дражи Михаиловићу-ЧИЧИ,
    кога на правди Бога убише комунистички зликовци на челу са највећим србождером Брозом, уз помоћ домаћих издајника који Вјеру продадоше за вечеру. Парастос ће служити свештенство СПЦ."
     
    Мирослав Ристић
     
     
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    1946

    Da se setimo!

    Pre 69 godina, na danasnji dan, komunisti, na celu sa Titom, posle namestenog sudjenja, na kome su osudili na smrt grupu srpskh patriota, izvrsili su tu presudu i mucki ih ubili. Do danasnjeg dana nezna se gde su mucenici sahranjeni, ako moze da se ta rec “sahrani” upotrebi, i pored dugogodisnjeg traganja, koje je bilo bezuspesno. Postoje razne verzije na koji nacin su oni poubijani, i one su sve bile i ostale samo to!

    Pored Generala Dragoljuba-Draze Mihailovica, Komandanta Kraljevske vojske u otadzbini, bili su i General Kosta Musicki, Komandant Srpskog Dobrovoljackog Korpusa.( Korpus je, marta 1945, kada je usao u sastav Jugoslovenske vojske, dobio ime Sumadijska Divizija), Mladen Zujovic, Radoslav Radic, Milos Glisic,Tasa Dinic, Velibor Jonic, Djura Dokic U ovoj grupi je bio i Dragi Jovanovic, koji nije tada ubijen, culo se da su ga komunisti ubili posle dve godine.

    Neka je slava i hvala ovim mucenicima, pred Bogom i ljudima oni su svi jednaki,dali su zivote bas onako kako su se i zavetovali, sa Verom i Boga, Kralja i Otadzbinu. Neka im je laka srpska zemlja, Bog da im dusu prosti.


    Stevan Pirocanac
    July 17, 2015


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    Portrait of General Mihailovich
    by Wisconsin artist Jim Pollard.
     

    A VICTORIOUS VINDICATION
    FOR GENERAL DRAZA MIHAILOVICH
    AS JUSTICE PREVAILS EVEN IN DEATH!
     
    On May 14, 2015 what so many of us have been hoping and praying for all these years finally came to pass! As the world marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, one of the war's greatest heroes and martyrs was officially rehabilitated by the Higher Court in Belgrade, Serbia! The historic decision was final, reversing one of the most unjust convictions in the history of mankind, and restored all civil rights to Serbian General Dragoljub Draza Mihailovich, falsely charged, tried, convicted, and executed by the Yugoslav Communists in July of 1946.
     
    I opened www.generalmihailovich.com, my website dedicated to General Mihailovich, back in July of 2006, in honor of the 60th anniversary of his death, and that is the same year that the request for the official rehabilitation of Mihailovich was first initiated in Belgrade. It has been nine long years since then, with many setbacks and continuances in the rehabilitation process. Though many lost hope that it would ever come to fruition, others did not. While many of Draza's loyal patriots did not live to see that day in May come to pass and many of those American and Allied WWII veterans he saved during the war did not live to see that day, their departed souls celebrated along with us.
     
    The coming days, months, and years will be filled with righting the wrongs of the last 70 years, but the biggest obstacle has finally been overcome. With great respect I declare to the Higher Court in Belgrade - "Well Done and Thank You!" Indeed, on that day, May 14, 2015, Serbia found its soul!
     
    On the eve of the May 14th Rehabilitation Hearing in Belgrade, in hopeful anticipation of its successful outcome, I asked my father, a WWII Serbian Chetnik veteran, to share any thoughts he might have should the High Court in Belgrade finally render justice. He summed it up perfectly:
     
    "The rehabilitation of General Draza Mihailovich is solid proof that the Partisan movement in Yugoslavia was a living lie. They had to kill him to be able to continue promoting their lies for 70 years."
     
    Rade Rebic
     
    My father's words remind us that the work must continue.Our fathers and grandfathers did the heavy lifting - they walked the walk. They fought the war and the long and hard battle for vindication after the war. They never quit. I only wish that those who have departed could have lived to see that day in May. It's now up to us.
     
    I propose the following four goals:
     
    1. Collect all the books filled with the lies of the last 70 years. Though I am adamantly opposed to the burning of books, the books filled with communist lies that have poisoned the historical record with regards to General Mihailovich and the Chetniks need to be collected and put away somewhere where they can no longer poison any more hearts and minds.
     
    2. Revive the movement to establish a Monument to Mihailovich in Washington, D.C. in gratitude for his having saved the lives of over 500 American Airmen who were shot down by the German enemy, falling onto Nazi-occupied territory in 1944. These American Airmen were rescued and protected by the Chetnik forces and Serbian people loyal to General Mihailovich under the most difficult of conditions, even AFTER they and their commander had been abandoned by the Allies. Every last one of them were evacuated to safety and returned to their homes. Thousands of their descendants are alive today because of the selfless acts of General Mihailovich and his forces.
     
    3. Make General Draza Mihailovich a Christian SAINT in the Serbian Orthodox Church.
     
    4. Proclaim May 14th a national Serbian holiday and establish that date as the SLAVA of General Mihailovich, making it the Patron Saint's Day dedicated to him and celebrated forevermore by Christians all over the world.
     
    To all those individuals and groups who initiated and participated in the Rehabilitation process from its inception in 2006 to that day in May 2015, nine long years later: "Thank You" for never quitting, for keeping the faith, and for maintaining the courage of your convictions no matter how many setbacks you had to endure.
     
    To all those who have supported the Mihailovich Rehabilitation process and have kept the great General in your prayers and who never lost faith no matter how many disappointments you had to endure: "Thank You."
     
    And most of all, to the one and most Holy God without whom none of us could have endured and none of this could have come to pass: "Thank You." God's justice ALWAYS prevails.
     
    To our dear General Mihailovich: I hope that on that day you were with your Serbian patriots, with your brothers in arms, with your civilian men and women who loved and followed you regardless of the price, with the American and Allied WWII veterans like Richard Felman, Curtis "Bud" Diles, Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian, Charlie Davis, Nick Lalich, George Vujnovich, George "Guv" Musulin, and with so many others who are no longer with us here on earth who honored your legacy to the very end. I hope that you are celebrating with great joy in your hearts. You deserve it!
     
    You see, no one ever really dies as long as they are remembered. This July 17th anniversary of your mortal death will pass like all the others. Except now we've turned a corner, and we will keep going in keeping your legacy alive and flourishing with the victory of vindication now lighting the way!
     
    LONG LIVE GENERAL MIHAILOVICH!
     
    GLORY TO GOD!
     
     
    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic
    July 17, 2015
    Chicago, USA
     

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    General Draza Mihailovich

    Old Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Palmer Square, Chicago
    Photo: "Flickr" by "YoChicago".

    Crkveno-skolska Opstina staro Vaskrsenje Hristovo na Palmer u Cikagu, odrzace u nedelju 19. Јula 2015. DRAZIN DAN!

    3062 W Palmer Square, Chicago, IL 60647
    (773) 252-4545

    Sv. Liturgija pocece u 10:00 sati pre podne.

    Po zavrsetku Sv/Liturgije, odrzace se parastos Cica Drazi i svim Ravnogorskim borcima koji su dali svoje zivote za Veru, Kralja i Otazbinu od Kosovskog boja do danas.

    Govorice  o rehabilitaciji Cica Draze, o. Cedomir  Kostic, protojerej-stavrofor, koji zvanicno od ove nedelje odlazi u penziju, koja ce vec sutra dan 20 jula da pocne, sa njegovim odlaskom za Srbiju.
     
    Pozivamo  clanove, parohijane i prijatelje nase CSO-ne,
    i sve ljude dobre volje, da prisustvuju ovom bogosluzenju
    i parastosu.

    U crkvenoj sali i dvoristu odrzace se PIKNIK, uz
    pripremanja rostilja i nacionalne srpske muzike
    po zavrsetku pomena i predavanja.
     
    S poz, SA VEROM U BOGA ZA KRALJA I OTAZBINU!
     
    Protojerej-Stavrofor Otac Cedomir i Uрrаvni odbor staro Vaskrsenje Hristovo na Palmer.

    http://www.serbianohr.org


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    Aleksandra's Note:
     
    Probably the most important aspect of commemorating
    the July 17th anniversary
    of the martyrdom of General Draza Mihailovich
    is that children are present for these special events
    honoring not only a beloved Serbian hero and true patriot,
    but an honorable man who set a great example
    of doing the right thing no matter what.
     
    The hard work of our fathers, mothers,
    grandfathers, and grandmothers
    has ensured that the legacy lives on
    and will live on till the end of time.
     
    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic
    July 18, 2015
     
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    Gathering for the Serbian Orthodox Memorial Service
    for General Draza Mihailovich
    at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, IL
    July 17, 2015.
    Photo by Zoran Milosevich.
     
     
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    Parastos (Memorial Service) for General Draza Mihailovich
    at the First Annual Chetnik Family Reunion, conducted by Fathers Dennis Pavichevich and Serafim in front of the Mihailovich monument at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Libertyville, IL July 19, 2014. Photo by Aleksandra Rebic.
    Guests attend the Parastos (Memorial Service) for General Draza Mihailovich
    at the First Annual Chetnik Family Reunion, conducted by Fathers Dennis Pavichevich and Serafim in front of the Mihailovich monument at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Libertyville, IL July 19, 2014. Photo by Aleksandra Rebic.

    First Annual Chetnik Family Reunion Memorial Service for General Mihailovich July 19, 2014 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Libertyville, IL U.S.A. Service conducted by Father Dennis Pavichevich and Father Serafim. / Video by Aleksandra Rebic.

    Posted on You Tube by "Aleksandra R"
    Published on July 18, 2015




    https://youtu.be/WQIUErMhW7w


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    Beautiful mural of General Mihailovich in Serbia.
    The Serbian Cyrillic words read:
    "Draza lives. He won't die as long as there is Serbdom and Serbia!"
    Artist and author of photograph unknown at this time.
     

    Aleksandra's Note:As Serbian patriots in the homeland and we throughout the Serbian Diaspora marked another July anniversary of General Mihailovich's martyrdom, this time with the May 2015 reversal of his phony 1946 conviction giving the commemorations a long awaited spiritual lift, it is very heartening to note that General Mihailovich has not been forgotten. His spirit is as alive today, 69 years after his death, as it would be if his mortal being was still among us.

    Thank you to all those men, women, and children out there who have kept the legacy alive.

    DRAZA LIVES! He won't ever die as long as there is Serbdom and Serbia!

    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic
    July 19, 2015


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    Aleksandra's Note:Many thanks to Tom Djurdjevich for this essay and reminder about the Serbs who were directly involved with the American Apollo Space Program. This makes me very proud to be an American Serb and I'm honored to call one of these gentlemen, NASA Project Coordinator David Vuich, a friend.

    David Vuich is one of our esteemed Serbian patriots here in America who was also very active in the "Mihailovich Monument in Washington, D.C. project" that was initiated in the mid 1970's.

    So glad that David Vuich is still going strong today. The Serbian Diaspora is very fortunate to have men like him among us.


    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic
    July 2015

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    Djurdjevich
    July 21, 2015

    Man on the Moon on July 20, 1969 - Remembering the "Magnificent Seven" Serbs in the Apollo Program

    “That’s one small step for man, One giant leap for mankind” Apollo 11 Commander Neil A. Armstrong said after landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969, at 4:17:40 P.M. EDT.

    There were many hardworking scientists who made JFK's dream a reality. David Vuich​ and six of his friends and colleagues were the “Magnificient Seven” Serbs (AKA "Serbo 7 Team") who worked in the early space program.

    All of these men were recipients of the “Apollo Achievement Award” from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The award came with an inscription:

    “In appreciation of dedicated service to the nation as a member of the team which has advanced the nation’s capabilities in aeronautics and space and demonstrated them in many outstanding accomplishments culminating in Apollo 11’s successful achievement of man’s first landing on the moon, July 20, 1969.”

    The following photo with the Apollo 11 Spacecraft in the background includes the original "Serbo 7 Team" as follows from left to right:

    Slavoljub "Sam" Vuich, from Pancevo [Autonomous Province of Voyvodina, in the Republic of Serbia], Avionics Systems Engineer.

    Paul Duich, from Centerville, Iowa, family from Lika [Serbian land in Croatia], Retired USAF Col., Logistics Manager.
    Danilo Bojic, from Crna Gora [Montenegro], Mechanical Engineer, Designed Apollo emergency escape system.
    Milojko "Mike" Vucelic, from Dreznica, Lika, Chief Engineer, Apollo Spacecraft Launch Director.
    Milos Subatovich, from Beograd [Serbia], Structural Engineer, former Royal Yugoslavian Air Force Pilot.
    Peter Galovich, from Hudson Wyoming, family from Lika, Electronics Engineer.
    David Vuich, from Midland, PA, Father from Okucani, Slavonija, North American / Rockwell - NASA Project Coordinator.

     
    The Magnificient 7 are the latest in the long list of Serb great scientists and inventors including Nikola Tesla and Michael Pupin.

    This history-making event ranks among the greatest human accomplishments of all time as the world stood still and America stood tall and proud, for its technology triumphed by winning the space race over the former Soviet Union. Yes indeed, this momentous event was great for America, its space program, and the Apollo program in particular.

    OF INTEREST:

    Here are just some of the items and technologies that have improved, evolved from, or are a direct result of the Apollo program and NASA related research.

    * Kidney dialysis
    * Fire resistant fabrics
    * Water purification systems
    * Sensors to test for hazard gas
    * Energy-saving materials
    * The LZR Racer swimsuit
    * Battery-powered precision surgical instruments
    * Algae-based nutritionally enriched infant formula



    In addition to receiving the "Apollo Achievement Award", Mr. Vucelic also received the “Freedom Award” from President Lyndon B. Johnson for guiding Apollo 13 safely back to Earth. I was saddened when Mr. Vucelic passed in 2012 as I know his son. Vechnaya Pamyat! Memory Eternal!

    Text and photos courtesy of AMERICAN SRBOBRAN on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, page 35. Mr. David Vuich provided titles and backgrounds.


    Tomislav S. Djurdjevich on July 21, 2015

    http://tomislavdjurdjevich.blogspot.com/2015/07/man-on-moon-on-july-20-1969-remembering.html


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    Једна београдска улица ускоро ће понети име по последњем југословенском краљу Петру II Карађорђевићу, одлучила је Комисија за споменике и називе тргова и улица града Београда. Иницијатива да Његово Величанство Краљ Петар II Карађорђевић добије улицу у главном граду, потекла је од Удружења Краљевина Србија, које је захтев предало у јануару 2015. године.

     
    Удружење је предложило да се преименује улица Максима Горког, из разлога што је управо та улица носила име тада Престолонаследника Петра II, све до Другог светског рата. Међутим, градска Комисија је одлучила да ће име краља Петра II доделити некој другој улици у Београду, о чему ће одлучити у наредних пар месеци и пронаћи идеално решење.
     
    Краљ Петар II Карађорђевић је био последњи југословенски краљ. На престолу се нашао 1934. године, након убиства његовог оца краља Александра. У његово име, пошто је био малолетан, владало је трочлано намесништву у саставу: кнез Павле Карађорђевић, Иво Перовић и Раденко Станковић. Ступио је на престо 27. марта 1941. године, након пуча ваздухопловних официра у којем је збачено намесништво и Влада. Почетком Другог светског рата, краљ је био принуђен да напусти Краљевину Југославију и оде у емиграцију, одакле је наставио да руководи покретом отпора. Након рата, нове комунистичке власти су га прогласиле народним непријатељем и забраниле повратак у земљу. Преминуо је 1970. године у Денверу (Колорадо, САД), а био је сахрањен у православној цркви Светог Саве у Либертвилу, у близини Чикага. Његови посмртни остаци пренети су у породичну гробницу Карађорђевића – цркву Светог Ђорђа на Опленцу, 2013. године.
     
     

     
     
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    Aleksandra's Note:Many thanks to Tim Pennefather and Mane Srdic who shared these wonderful photographs of the annual July event in Hamilton, Ontario Canada honoring General Draza Mihailovich where young and old gathered together on the beautiful Chetnik grounds in Binbrook for the Serbian Orthodox memorial service, good company, and good food among friends on July 26, 2015.

    I had the honor and pleasure of visiting and participating in this event in July of 2013 and will always remember that visit so fondly. Canada is home to a number of great Serbian patriots, and I congratulate you on another successful and meaningful event!

    Sincerely,
    Aleksandra Rebic

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    Удружење Краљевина Србија
    Марио Мајсторовић,
    председник Удружења Краљевина Србија


    Марио Мајсторовић, председник Удружења Краљевина Србија



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    "STORM - The War Crime that continues..."
     
    From
    "Meet the Serbs"
    on Facebook.


    "On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the suffering and persecution of #Serbs during the genocidal operation "Storm", #Serbia and the Republic of Srpska will organize various activities that will remind the world of this crime from the end of the 20th century. On August 5th, [2015] at noon, Serbia will stop for a minute, and the church bells all over Serbia will toll to honor all those who lost their lives or were expelled from their homes. The students of the Belgrade University invite everyone to walk with them on a protest march on this occasion. Gathering is at 7 pm on the plateau in front of the Faculty of Philosophy, and then it's planned to go for a walk to the Croatian Embassy where the students and other speakers will address the crowd. August 5th was declared a day of mourning in Serbia."
     
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    "Поводом Дана сећања на страдање и прогон Срба током "Олује", у Србији и Републици Српској биће одржано више активности које ће подсетити на овај немили догађај из деведесетих година прошлог века. Петог августа [2015], тачно у подне, Србија ће стати на један минут, огласиће се сва црквена звона зарад одавања поште свим убијенима и протеранима. И студенти Београдског универзитета позивају на шетњу поводом 20 година од злочиначке акције Олуја. Окупљање је у 19 часова на платоу код Филозофског факултета, а потом се иде у шетњу до хрватске амбасаде где ће се окупљенима обратити студенти и други говорници. Пети август је проглашен за Дан жалости у Србији."
     
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/Meet.the.Serbs/photos/a.10150460039364968.459018.53552959967/10154206237154968/?type=1&theater

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    Posted on You Tube by"CentarVeritas"
    Published on Jul 31, 2015

    OLUJA JE POGROM !

    Sreda, 5. avgust [2015] Dan sećanja na stradanje i progon Srba.
    Pozivamo vas da 5. avgusta u podne zastanemo i uz sirene i crkvena zvona odamo poštu Srbima strdalim pre 20. godina - Oluja je pogrom!




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