Days of Remembrance for Vukovar and Škabrnja began tonight with the lighting of candles and Mass at the Vukovar Hospital. Tomorrow on the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Vukovar, due to the epidemic, everything will be different than in past years.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic there will be fewer people in the procession of remembrance tomorrow. Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava, who tested positive for the coronavirus will not be taking part this year.
“We will await the day as always with piety, which we will express in a little different manner this time. On the 18th it is enough to remember Vukovar in 1991 and have it in your thoughts, to be aware of the historical importance of that time;” said Penava.
The National Civil Protection Headquarters is aware that people will go to Vukovar and that gatherings cannot be prevented. Interior Minister Davor Božinović said they tried to provide an adequate epidemiological framework, in that the local headquarters has adopted a decision to keep all hospitality facilities closed from 6am to midnight on the 18th, in order to prevent the spread of the infection.
The state leadership will be in Vukovar tomorrow. President Zoran Milanović will not be in the Procession of Remembrance, but will pay tribute to the victims of Vukovar by laying a wreath and lighting a candle at the memorial at Ovčara. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and four ministers from the Government will be in Vukovar and the Prime Minister confirmed that Deputy Prime Minister Boris Milošević from the Independent Democratic Serb Party will also be there.
Zagreb traditionally paid homage to the victims of Vukovar and Škabrnja on the eve of Remembrance Day with thousands of lanterns lit along one of the city's most important avenues, Vukovar Street. In front of the Monument to Croatia's first president Franjo Tudjman, the name of the city of Vukovar was written with lamps and a large two-meter candle was made, that was symbolically lit by the "Vukovar Light of Peace" brought from Vukovar.
Candles for Vukovar and Škabrnja were lit in other cities as well.
Due to the epidemic, the people of Split were invited to light candles in windows and on balconies instead of going out in masses to Vukovar Street.
Candles were also lit in the major cities of Osijek, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Šibenik, and Zadar, as well as in smaller towns - in streets named after the heroic City.
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