At dawn on August 4th 1995 Operation Storm began. It was the last major battle of the Homeland War and liberated a large chunk of Croatian territory occupied by rebel Serbs.
Operation Storm was a decisive victory for Croatia and ended the Serb siege of Bihać in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. The final preparations for Wednesday’s central Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day celebrations in Knin were carried out on Tuesday. Those who could be there were on hand for the dress rehearsal, including Homeland War widow Dragica Želimorski: "My husband was a soldier, he gave his life for this country. It's difficult to explain, I have mixed emotions, pride and sorrow. We have our country, our freedom, but so many people are gone."
However, due to the coronavirus the ceremony will be subject to epidemiological measures. "Unfortunately, here on the main square, we will not be able to have as many people as we've grown accustomed to. We'll only be able to seat about 550 dignitaries in order to adhere to epidemiological measures," said Colonel Dražen Ressler, the Deputy Chief of the Organization Staff.
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