Commemorative plaques and wreaths at the site where Borovo Komerc was located. (Photo: Marko Mrkonjic/PIXSELL/archive) Commemorative plaques and wreaths at the site where Borovo Komerc was located. (Photo: Marko Mrkonjic/PIXSELL/archive)

In conjunction with commemorations for the Vukovar sacrifice 28 years ago during the Greater Serbian aggression of the Homeland War, a commemorative gathering and procession of remembrance was held today to mark the sacrifice of Borovo Naselje for the homeland.

“Today we again appeal to the conscience of those who know where the graves of our loved ones are. We are demanding stronger pressure on Serbia, which is hiding the truth in desk drawers. We are demanding prosecution of the perpetrators before all are dead,” said the president of the Vukovar Mother’s association Manda Patko.

“Borovo organized itself first, because pressure was coming from Borovo Selo. Blago Zadro organized the defence well with Tomislav Merčep and it held out to the very end. So that, regardless of all the strong attacks, no one every broke through. Later when we had nothing more they pushed us here to Borovo Komerc and slowly destroyed it to force us to surrender. Everyone was in the factory and there was simply no other choice left. People saved themselves however they could, some broke through and some surrendered at the mercy of the cutthroats,” said 204th brigade member Nenad Mirković.

Following Škabrnja yesterday, respects were also paid to victims killed during the Greater Serbian aggression of the Homeland War in Nadin on today's day in 1991.

Veterans from throughout Croatia arrived to take part.

A procession of remembrance was held going to Škabrnja and the monument at the mass grave site there, where respects were paid for those killed.

People in Nadin feel sorrow but also pride on this day.

“Sorrow for our dead and pride because we freed our country Croatia, and because we have returned to our Nadin,” said Stanko Vrsaljko, one of those that defended Nadin.

He said that after Škabrnja fell they had to retreat to prevent even more deaths and added that it was difficult leaving the place of your birth and the place you lived your whole life. “Having to suddenly leave because someone is pushing you out of there, from your homes, they are killing your neighbors, innocent victims,” said Vrsaljko.

In order to never forget the victims of Nadin, the Association of Croatian Volunteer Homeland War Veterans from Benkovac, organize a traditional procession from Nadin to Škabrnja on this day.

Source: HRT