Why Croatia commemorates Vukovar

Today is the anniversary of the fall of Vukovar in 1991. Here is the 2015 talk CBR Editor Brian Gallagher gave at the Croatian Church in London.

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CBR Editor Brian Gallagher was priviliged to be asked again to give a speech in regards to Vukovar on Croatia’s Remembrance Day service at the Croatian Chaplaincy in London.

Croatian Chaplaincy London, 22nd November 2015

Why Croatia commemorates Vukovar

Brian Gallagher

The 18th of November is a day of commemoration in Croatia. It is the anniversary of the fall of Vukovar in 1991. Days around this date and indeed for the next few months will see commemorations for various crimes and atrocities perpetrated by invading Serbian and Yugoslav armed forces. Such commemorations are similar to Remembrance Sunday in the UK, but there is a greater focus on people killed in atrocities.

A limited look at some events in 1991 should be enough to show why Croatia commemorates Vukovar and thus why we are here today.

The city of Vukovar was bombarded by the Yugoslav Army for three months, reducing…

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