“I hope this will be the start of a tradition in which the 2nd of August will be celebrated at “St. Prohor Pchinski” monastery and we will be coming here to give respect to those who have created the Macedonian state in 1944″, said President Stevo Pendarovski who led the state-church delegation that on the 2nd of August visited the monastery “St. Prohor Pchinski.” This monastery was the location where on the 2nd of August 1944, the first plenary session of the Anti-Fascist Assembly for the National Liberation of Macedonia (ASNOM) took place.
Pendarovski thanked the Serbian authorities for granting the state an opportunity after 18-years to celebrate this important Macedonian holiday at this sacred place for Macedonians.
Joining the state-church delegation at the St. Prohor Pchinski delegration were the defense minister, Slavjanka Petrovska, the MPs Miroslav Jovanovic and Lidija Tasevska, the Kumanovo-Osogovo archbishop Grigorij and Bishop Stobiski, Mr. Jakov, as representatives of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archdiocese, as well as representatives of the Union of NOB fighters.
On the Serbian side, the following representatives attended the celebration: the Foreign Affairs minister of Serbia, Nikola Selakovic, and the Bishop of Vranje Mr. Pahomije, as the representative of the Serbia Orthodox Church.
Previously, the central event took place at the plateau in the President’s Office where he awarded the Order of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Order of Military Merit and the Medal for Courage.
Krste Crvenkovski was posthumously awarded with the Order of the Republic of North Macedonia for his special, strategic, long-lasting and unrepeatable contribution to the foundation and development of the Macedonian state and Macedonian society.
Nevena Nikolova Georgieva – Dunja was posthumously awarded with the Order of Military Merit for her extraordinary courage, sacrifice, steadfastness and for her leadership role in the anti-fascist struggle in the workers’ and trade union movements, who advocated for social justice, obliging our country with her heroic actions and her example of dedication to the common goal and the common struggle for a better and more just world.
The following people were awarded a Medal for Courage: Nikola Stojanovski, Jovan Velichkovski, Trajanka Avramovska (posthumously), Ilija Dunovski, Nikola Nikoloski, Cvetko Cvetkoski, Kadrija Xhaferi and Dafinka Bogoeva.
“On St. Elijah we are celebrating our biggest state holiday, because on this day, the Macedonian nation and its fellow countrymen founded its two republics – the Krushevo republic in 1903 and the ASNOM republic in 1944. By seeking relief from the authoritarian monarchies and the autocratic regimes that have systematically abused their rights, and have assimilated and exploited them, the Macedonian nation has found its salvation in the republic as the most just and most progressive state order. An order that was supposed to allow the existence of a free, functional political community united around the general good and public interest”, said Pendarovski during the event.