Jovanka Broz buried with military honors

Jovanka Broz was buried in the Belgrade mausoleum and memorial "Kuća Cveća" ("House of Flowers") on Saturday with military honours.

Source: Tanjug

She was the widow of former life-long president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRJ) Josip Broz Tito.

Jovanka Broz was a lieutenant-colonel in the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) and a holder of the Partisan Memorial (Partizanske Spomenice) in 1941, and she also won two medals for bravery.

Jovanka Broz died in Belgrade on October 20 at the age of 89, and she was buried on Saturday next to the tomb of her husband.

The gathered citizens waved flags of Yugoslavia and brought flowers, while some also wore red star caps and held the photos of Jovanka and Josip Broz.

The ceremony was carried out without the requiem service and without the state flag on the coffin, without any religious and ideological symbols, in keeping with the wish of the wife of late Yugoslav president who never held a state office.

In addition to the members of the family, the funeral was attended by representatives of the top government, diplomatic corps, the Federation of Associations of Veterans of the National Liberation War (SUBNOR) and several delegations of anti-Fascist and veteran organisations from former Yugoslav republics.

Speeches at the funeral were delivered by Prime Minister Ivica Dačić, Jovanka's nephew Goran Aleksić and SUBNOR President Miodrag Zečević.

The funeral was attended by ministers Rasim Ljajić, Slavica Đukić-Dejanović and Aleksandar Antić, Secretary General of the Serbian government Veljko Odalović, President of the Serb National Council in Croatia Milorad Pupovac and Serbian president's wife Dragica Nikolić.

After the funeral followed by 77 media crews from the country and abroad, a large number of citizens paid tribute to Jovanka Broz.


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