Remembrance Day in Croatia commemorates the Battle of Vukovar that took place in 1991. The holiday is observed each year on 18 November.
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The Battle of Vukovar was a prolonged siege by the Serbian Army against the Croatian city of Vukovar. The siege went on for 87 days, almost three full months, and yet the people bravely and stubbornly resisted. Finally, Vukovar fell to Serbian forces on 18 November in 1991, with thousands of Croatians and Serbians dying in the conflict.
Vukovar is a symbol of resistance and sacrifice that led to eventually winning a war, even though the battle itself was lost. Croatia finally won their war for independence from Yugoslavia, and in 1999, Croatia made 18 November an official holiday called “Remembrance Day of the Sacrifice of Vukovar”.
Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on the price of freedom, its value, and the sacrifice of those who bought it. It is a reminder to be brave in fighting for the right because future generations can benefit from the sacrifices we make today.
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