Crown Prince Alexander: Serbia's fallen honoured
BELGRADE - Remembering the outbreak of World War I, Serbia is not celebrating a victory in a global conflict, but honouring the victims of the fight for the right of a small country to exist freely among the nations, Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic said in an article commemorating the centenary of the start of WWI.
The Serbian people and Serbia have become well-acquainted with war as a state of mind and the price that must be paid to survive and live a life worthy of free people and a community governed by law and justice! Our ancestors paid a high price and, even after a hundred years, we have not forgotten their sacrifice or the way in which we are indebted to them for the example they set, said Crown Prince Alexander, whose great-grandfather, Peter I Karadjordjevic, was the king of Serbia at the time the war broke out.
Today, new times and the new power balance change the memory, the criteria and global relations, but for the people of Serbia, the awareness of freedom, law and justice - although old, outdated concepts - has lost none of its value, Crown Prince Alexander said.
We have not invented democracy, and have not always implemented it or been true to it or worthy of it, but it has been the essence of our society and our existence, and it still is. We are Serbs and, together with other nations with which we share our homeland and destiny, we do not greet this anniversary as a celebration of war or a war victory, but as a due tribute to the victims, the fighters, to the voluntary and involuntary participants of the fight for the right of a small country to exist freely among the nations, Crown Prince Alexander said.
Marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, Serbia celebrates their sacrifice and...