President Stevo Pendarovski, on the occasion of August 2nd – Ilinden, the Republic Day, sent a congratulation message to the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia.
Respected fellow citizens,
Congratulations on August 2nd, Ilinden – the Republic Day. Today, when we mark 117 years since the Ilinden Uprising and 76 years since the First Session of ASNOM, we remember all known and unknown heroes, fighters and partisans who gave their lives in the fight for freedom and for independent state. Thanks to them, today we live in peace and in our own, internationally recognized state. Therefore, we must never forget their contribution and, inspired by their deeds, we should continue to work on the welfare and prosperity of the country, respecting each other. We must be virtuous and acknowledge their sacrifice, aware that nothing begins or ends with us.
Dear fellow citizens,
This year we celebrate Ilinden with a major step towards full implementation of our strategic goals: full membership in NATO and start of negotiations with the EU, which is a guarantee of security, sovereignty and economic progress, thus achieving the ideals and visions of both the Ilinden and ASNOM fighters. But we are also celebrating Ilinden this year in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic – a huge threat to health, but also to our existence and way of living, not only in our country, but all over the world. This is a time when we must unite and come out of this situation together as winners. In this struggle, we do not need weapons but responsibility, solidarity, discipline, patience and harmony. For all the sacrifices in the past and the respect and debt to our ancestors, but also for the future of our children and our country, let us forget all disagreements and intolerances and, united, come out as winners.
Many happy returns to Ilinden!