[wzslider autoplay=”true”]On the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the formation of the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) in the region of Bihać, organized by the veterans’ associations of the HVO and the Cantonal Board of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) of the Una-Sana Canton (USC), under the auspices of the President of the FB&H, Marinko Čavar, the Government of Una-Sana Canton (USC) and the city of Bihać, today flowers were laid to honour fallen soldiers at the Catholic cemetery and memorial of fallen soldiers in Žegar.
It was a great opportunity for the representatives of the City of Bihać, USC, FB&H and B&H to remember the war times of HVO region of Bihać, which, as mentioned, defended the city of Bihać and B&H along with the Fifth Corps of the Army of B&H (ARB&H).
During the war, the HVO region of Bihać lost 72 defenders, three are listed as missing and about 280 were seriously or slightly wounded.
While paying tribute to the members of the HVO, the mayor of Bihać, Emdžad Galijašević, emphasized the feeling of fellowship that has been graced, and still graces, this city.
“Today in peace we are building coexistence, not artificial, but honest, as it should be done for all citizens, and especially for those who gave their lives for B&H”, said the mayor Galijašević.
Congratulations to all the members of the HVO in the region of Bihać was addressed by the chairman of the City Council, Roman Jurić, who said that the HVO made an immeasurable contribution to the defense and liberation of the city of Bihać. He added that the harmony and unity of the Bosniak and Croatian people was preserved and strengthened in peace, on the pride of the whole of B&H.
In support, after many years locals of Žegar received the keys of the local community premises, which were purchased with funds from the city budget in the amount of 50,000 BAM for their needs.
The anniversary of the formation of the HVO in Bihać region was marked by the holy memorial Mass for all fallen and deceased members of the HVO, in the church of St. Francis of Assisi on Zavalje.