President Zoran Milanović (Photo: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL) President Zoran Milanović (Photo: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

Croatia celebrated Armed Forces Day on Thursday. The first formation of the Croatian National Guard at a ceremony in Zagreb’s Kranjčevićeva Stadium in front of the first Croatian President Franjo Tuđman, is viewed by many as marking the beginning of Croatia’s efforts to establish a formal army to defend against Serb and Yugoslav People’s Army forces.

President Zoran Milanović and military dignitaries attended a ceremony at Franjo Tuđman Military Academy in Zagreb today, where they paid their respects to those who gave their lives for Croatian independence.

"The Croatian Armed Forces has grown into a professional and respectable military force, which on a daily basis demonstrates its readiness and capability to defend Croatian sovereignty and territorial integrity, its full contribution to peace and stability in the world together with its allies, and in offering aid to civil institutions," said the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces Admiral Robert Hranj.

Source: HRT