WWI memorial plaque revealed in Niš

A memorial plaque marking 100 years since the beginning of the First World War was revealed on Monday in Serbia's southern town of Niš.

Source: Tanjug

A century ago today Prime Minister Nikola Pašić received a telegram by which the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on the Kingdom of Serbia.

At the beginning of the Great War, from July 26, 1914 to October 16, 1915, Niš was the war capital of Serbia, and the Banovina building, where the plaque has been placed, was the seat of Serbia's government and of the Foreign Ministry.

The memorial plaque was placed on what is today the Niš University building, and revealed by Niš Mayor Zoran Perišić and City Assembly President Mile Ilić.

"One hundred years ago, while the wartime government of Serbia was holding a session in this building, then Prime Minister Nikola Pašić received a telegram from Vienna on the declaration of war to Serbia," said Perišić.

"In the difficult times that followed, this city placed all its resources at the disposal of Serbia and its people, for the sake of a better future for all. Serbia of today is waging different wars - the wars on corruption and poverty," he noted.

The mayor of Niš, city and municipal officials, and representatives of veteran and political organizations and citizens' associations laid wreaths earlier today at the monument to the Liberators of Niš.

A ceremonial session of the Serbian government is also held in the city on Monday, on the occasion of 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

The war started one month after the Sarajevo assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Tanjug is reporting that "according to estimates" it claimed the lives of between 1.1 to 1.3 million people in Serbia - nearly one third of its total prewar population, including 60 percent of men.


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