Monday, May 17, 2010

Serbian Patriots proudly participate in ANZAC Day 2010 Commemoration in Australia


Aleksandra's Note: ANZAC Day, marked every year in Australia and New Zealand on April 25th, is a special day indeed. Below you will find descriptions and explanations in both Serbian and English of the meaning and significance of this commemoration that honors war veterans. Each year Serbs are included, and they participate proudly, honoring their war veterans and their heritage of military service. My thanks to Mr. Dragoljub Brkljac in Australia, who last year first enlightened me about this special event.

Congratulations to the Serbs of Australia for a very successful event this year and thank you for keeping the legacy alive!


Aleksandra Rebic



By Alex Glumac and Dragoljub Brkljac

The 2010 ANZAC Day March epitomised the fervent patriotism and loyalty that is entrenched within our young and thriving Sydney Serbian community. The 160-plus strong contingent – comprised of Serbian intelligentsia – demonstrated a highly anticipated level of reverence, remembering the fallen Australian and Serbian soldiers that have made the ultimate and definitive sacrifice in both World War One and World War Two. These sacrifices were costly, as lives were lost in virtue of preserving democracy, civil stability and most importantly, saving innocent lives from imminent threat. ANZAC Day evokes mixed emotions in all of us. It would be unfathomable if an iota of sadness or sorrow was not felt, as these marchers are enriched with modest qualities, absorbing and understanding the ineluctable onus placed on the fallen, as well as those who have survived the wars. Conversely, a proud esteem was also displayed among the marchers, marching shoulder-to-shoulder with pride. These proud marchers are all descendants of the Serbian soldiers and Chetniks that participated in the First and Second Balkan Wars, along with both World Wars. Prior to the march, Dr Milan Brkljac the Vice President of the New South Wales (N.S.W) Serbian ANZAC Committee, who focused his energies in organising the march, addressed his fellow Serbian brothers with the following:

“My dear brothers, firstly I would like to thank everyone one for attending today’s ANZAC day march and for joining the Serbian ranks. My young chetniks, today you are the pride and best representatives of the Serbian nation. When you march, during every step you make, keep thinking about our glorious forefathers, our great generals and vojvode, our brave soldiers and chetniks. Think deeply how they sacrificed their lives for the honourable cross, and golden liberty, for king and country. Happy marching.”

Following Dr Brkljac’s motivational and inspirational words, the march commenced at around 12:30 pm. This year’s marching contingent surpassed the previous year’s record, with 30 more Australian-Serbs added to the tally. Starting at Pitt Street, the duration of the march lasted for approximately 40 minutes, ending at Hyde Park. Distinctively attired in black suits, our men, who mostly donned a Shubara or a Shajkaca, were by far the most conspicuous and populous participants within the parade itself. Marching down George Street, the Serbian contingent was greeted with sheer ovation and enthusiasm from the joyous crowd. Added to the excitement of the march, was the induction of several trumpeters (Trubaci) for the first time in the parade’s history. Throughout the march, the band played various patriotic and royalist songs, such as Mars Na Drinu (March on the Drina), Spremte se Spremte Cetnici (Prepare yourselves Chetniks) and Marsirala Kralja Petra Garda (King Peter’s guard). These songs, powerful in rhetoric, reflect the bravery and valour of all the Serbian soldiers that fought and died for Serbia against tyranny and oppression.

Upon the successful completion of the march, the men rallied together to pose for numerous photographs. Due to the large volume of Serbs, the photographers had to stand from afar to capture the expansive composition! According to several of the veteran marchers, this year’s march “is by the far the biggest since its inception.” They were overwhelmed by the impressive standout, particularly with the large number of young debutant marchers, with the youngest being 17. After the march, the members gathered together en route to the Serbian Centre Bonnyrigg for lunch. Upon arrival, Dr Brkljac expressed his delight and optimism and expounded on his beliefs on why it is important for Serbs across to Australia to participate in every ANZAC parade.

Our forefathers and ancestors from heavenly Serbia are all smiling on us with great pride today,” said Dr Brkljac.

“They know that we haven’t forgotten about them and that we sincerely acknowledge their struggles and sacrifice. That is why I stress the importance of marching on ANZAC day. Through their ancestry, every Serb is related to the heroism shown by our soldiers and chetniks in World War One and World War Two, not to mention past battles and victories.

“We have to thank our forefathers for our existence, as they fought to pave a better future for us and we need to honour that. Respect and pride is what matters most”.

Before the official proceedings began an honour guard was formed by the young Serbian Chetniks for the WW2 Chetnik Veterans. The Chetnik Veterans were, Cika Simo Vukmirica, Cika Djuro Kesic, Cika Mitar Rebic and Cika Vojko Vukojcic. All four veterans were proud walking through the honour guard and all four had tears in their eyes as this had been the first time in 60 years of marching, that an honour guard had been in place for them.

After lunch, the contingent were greeted by renowned Serbian author and historian Dr Srdja Trifkovic – who also attended the march – and were given a lecture about Chetnik leader General Dragoljub Draza Mihailovic, who organised the first European uprising against Nazi Germany on May 8, 1941. Throughout his talk, Dr Trifkovic praised General Mihailovic on his sagacity and defiance in surrendering to the enemy. Dr Trifkovic also elucidated on General Mihailovic as being a modest, humble, respectful and down-to-earth human being, who wanted nothing more but the best for the Serbian people and to put an end to the imposing evil that threatened Serbia. Dr Trifkovic emphasised that the General Mihailovic, along with the rest of the Loyalist Chetniks, were deceived, saying “Mihailovic was betrayed and the knife was stabbed in his back”. His explanation alludes to the iniquitous power accrued by Josip Broz Tito, who callously ordered the execution of General Mihailovic on July 17, 1946.

Dr Trifkovic concluded his seminar by arguing that the Serbian Government should rename the Serbian Military Academy to General Dragoljub Draza Mihailovic Academy. Dr Trifkovic’s encouraging words got the entire contingent on their feet and engaged in a prolonged round of applause. The seminar concluded with most of the Serbian cohort engaging in one of Anzac Day’s traditional gambling games, “Two-up”. Win or lose, the boys shared endless laughs and jokes. Their demeanour reflected the way the Serbian Chetniks were: charismatic, jovial, merry and jubilant. The night ended with the young and old congregating in a rejoiceful manner by singing to a plethora of Serbian Chetnik songs.


Alex Glumac and Dragoljub Brkljac


Анзак дан 2010

Марш за АНЗАК дан је огледало ватреног патриотизма и привржености која је укорењена у нашој напредној омладини.Више од 160 учесника марша,представника српске елите су показали велико страхопоштовање, према палим Аустралиским и Србским борцима који су принели највећу могућу жртву у току оба светска рата да би сачували демократију, друштвени поредак и што је најважније животе немоћних и недужних. АНЗАК дан изазива разне емоције код свих нас. Наравно овај дан је незамислив без туге која се осећа у току марша, сећајући се на наше пале хероје, али и оне који су преживели ратове. Такође присутан је и понос учесника марша, понос што су потомци србских војника и четника из Балканских и оба светска рата. Пре марша, Др. Милан Бркљач, Подпредседник Српског комитета за АНЗАК марш, који је највише енергије утрошио у организовању марша се обратио учесницима марша следећим речима;

“Драга браћо,пре свега, хтео бих да се захвалим свима који су дошли на данашњи марш и стали у Српске редове.Моји млади четници, ви сте данас понос и дика Србске нације.Y току марша, при сваком кораку, непрекидно мислите на наше славне предке, наше славне Генерале и Војводе, наше храбре војнике и четнике.

"Добро промислите како су они жртвовали своје животе за крст часни и слободу златну, за Краља и Отаџбину!Нека вам је сретан марш!”

После патриотски инспирисаног говора Др. Бркљача, марш је почео око 12:30.Број учесника овогодишњег марша превазишао је прошлогодишњи за 30-так нових учесника.Марш је трајао око 40-так минута. Почео је у Pitt Street, а завршио се у Хајд Парку.Уједначено обучени у црна одела, која су красила шубара или шајкача наши људи су били најупадљивији и најбројнији учесници параде.Марширајући низ главну улицу, наш контигент је поздрављен са звонким овацијама и ентузијазмом усхићене публике.

Уcпеху марша, значајно су додали и наши трубачи којима је ово прво појављивање у историји марша.У току марша они су свирали неколико патриотских песама, као: ''Марш на Дрину”, “Спрем`те се четници” и “Марширала Краља Петра Гарда”. Ове снажне песме, осликавају храброст и пожртвовање свих Србских војника кроз векове.

После успешног завршетка марша сви учесници су се сликали. Због великог броја учесника, фотографи су морали да се доста удаље да би све обухватили!

По речима наших ветерана марша, овај марш је био далеко највећи одкако се маршира.Наши ветерани били су пресрећни са бројем и младошћу учесника. Најмлађи учесник је 17-стогодишњак! После марша,сви присутни отишли су у наш клуб у Бониригу на ручак. По доласку Др.Бркљач је изразио своју радост, усхићење и оптимизам објашњавајући зашто је важно да Срби широм Аустралије учествују на свакој АНЗАК паради.

„Наши преци се данас поносно и сретно смеше на нас из Небеске Србије.Знају да нисмо заборавили на њих и да и даље веома поштујемо њихове жртве.Зато и наглашавам важност нањег учествовања у маршу.Кроз своје часне претке сваки је Србин повезан са хероизмом који су наши војници испољили у оба светска рата и многим другим биткама и победама.

"Својим прецима треба да захвалимо за наш данашњи живот, јер су они изборили бољу будућност за нас и ми треба да поштујемо то, зато им и дугујемо поносно сећање и поштовање.”

Пре заједничког ручка почасни стој састављен од младих четника је одао пошту преживелим Чичиним четничким ветеранима који су марширали у првом ешалону данашњег марша. Те наше часне старине били су: Симо Вукмирица,Ђуро Кесић, Митар Ребић и Војко Вукоичић. У задњих 60-так година марша, ово је први пут да је на овакав начин одата пошта нашим ветеранима, па зато и не изненађује што су овакву почаст примили са сузама у очима.

После ручка Др.Срђа Трифковић, који је такође учествовао на маршу, је присутнима одржао кратко предавање о Вожду Трећег Србског Устанка-Ђенералу Мученику Драгољубу-Дражи Михаиловићу, који је подигао први устанак у поробљеној Европи против Нацистичке Немачке 8-смог Маја 1941.

У току предавња Др.Трифковић је нагласио мудрост и храброст Ђенерала Михаиловића који није хтео да се преда неупоредиво моћнијем непријатељу.Такође је поменуо личну скромност и ненаметљивост Ђенерала који је желео само најбоље своме народу кроз уништавање нацистичке и других аждаја које су тада хтеле да сатру Србе.

Такође је речено да је Ђенарал, заједно са својим четницима био изигран, по речима Др. Трифковића Михаиловић је био издан и забоден му је нож у леђа.

Др. Трифковић се такође осврнуо на зловласт Јосипа Броза, који је наредио немилосрдну егзекуцију Ђенерала Михаиловића 17-тог Јула 1946.

Др Трифковић је завршио своје предавање тврдњом да се Србска Војна Академија треба преименовати у “Војна Академија Денерала Драгољуба-Драже Михаиловића.” Ове охрабрујуће речи подигле су присутне на ноге и изазвале громогласан аплауз.

По свршетку предавања учесници марша су певали традиоционалне четничке песме, играли чувену Аустралиску војну разбобригу “Two-up”.Њихово расположење одсликавало је расположење наших јуначких четничких предака, чојство, витештво, весеље и братство у Христу.


Александар Глумац
Драгољуб Бркљач




"ANZAC was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey early on the morning of 25 April 1915 during the First World War (1914-1918).

"As a result, one day in the year has involved the whole of Australia in solemn ceremonies of remembrance, gratitude and national pride for all our men and women who have fought and died in all wars. That day is ANZAC Day -- 25 April.

"Every nation must, sooner or later, come for the first time to a supreme test of quality; and the result of that test will hearten or dishearten those who come afterwards. For the fledgling nation of Australia that first supreme test was at Gallipoli..."



By Arthur Burke OAM

"The Spirit of ANZAC was suggested by official war historian C.E.W. Bean to have 'stood, and still stands, for reckless valour in a good cause, for enterprise, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship and endurance that will never own defeat.' The Spirit was epitomised in the deeds of Simpson with his donkey at Gallipoli - comradeship, courage and sacrifice: others before self. It also encompasses the laughter, the pride and the love of life that is in every Australian. To really understand this Spirit one must delve back into our country's past.

"Australia is a huge land. In the early days, settlements were scarce and far apart yet pioneers built our society's foundations in these fragmented tiny communities. The sun and the open land, the independence and the freedom of living under these conditions was a flame in the blood of our pioneers, a flame that burns whenever men are free, wherever there is a spirit which is willing to help those in need. If there were rumours of trouble, immediately someone would saddle a horse and ride off to see if they could help. Though on a comparatively smaller scale, our New Zealand neighbours in this antipodean part of the British Empire also emerged with a very similar culture.

"Conflicts were not unknown to this part of the world. The Eureka Stockade troubles of 1854 in Victoria, the shearers' strike of 1890 in Queensland and the subsequent eastern seaboard maritime strikes were but a few home grown examples. New Zealand's Maori wars in the early 1860s saw volunteers from the separate colonies of Australia assisting their Kiwi mates to establish independence in another developing country. Again in 1885 the colonies displayed passionate outrage and a willingness to avenge the brutal death of Britain's General Gordon at Khartoum, despite only a New South Wales contingent being accepted for service. And when the Boer War erupted in South Africa, volunteer units from the colonies competed for a place beside the Mother Country's warriors.

"Thus, although the disparate colonies of our great land did not federate till 1901, Australians and New Zealanders had been united since the beginnings of their countries and this unity, this love of life had formed the basis of the Spirit of ANZAC. 'The Mother Country's in a spot of bother again,' was a typical observation when the Great War began in 1914. 'Might as well help her get this sorted out,' was the accustomed response to someone in need. For a century the antipodean survivors had been helping overcome Nature's curses and supporting each other's causes. Now they were equally ready again to assist Britain, this time to overcome German militarism. This was the Spirit which imbued the volunteers as they dashed off with seemingly gay abandon to the First World War and what was to become the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

"These bold, laughing soldiers were a new, unknown factor of a very old Empire. 'They seemed to be of one race, for all of them had something the same bearing, and something the same look of humorous, swift decision' described Poet Laureate John Masefield. But if the British thought they 'took a bit of getting used to', the enemy never got used to them. These 'colonials' fought as they lived - bravely, openly, independently, and without fear. They proved that their young countries could produce men equal to any in the world, perhaps the greatest fighting force this world has known - the ANZACs.

"On 25 April 1915 a new world was born. A new side of man's character was revealed. The Spirit of ANZAC was kindled. It flared with a previously unknown, almost superhuman strength. There was a determination, a zest, a drive which swept up from the beaches on Gallipoli Peninsula as the ANZACs thrust forward with their torch of freedom. As they fell, they threw those following the torch so their quest would maintain its momentum. That Torch of Freedom has continually been thrown from falling hands, has kindled in the catchers' souls a zeal and desire for both our individual liberty and our countries' liberty. That desire has been handed down with the memory and burns as brightly as the flame which first kindled it.

"But the Spirit of ANZAC is not confined to the battlefield. It lives in the schools, on the sports fields, in fact all over these great countries of Australia and New Zealand. The sun invades our bodies and makes us 'mad'; mad for freedom - freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom to live and think as you will. The Spirit of ANZAC is not something we can see but a powerful driving sensation that can only be felt. It is a feeling that burns in the heart of every Australian and New Zealand countryman. A warm, tender, fiery, even melancholy ideal that nurtures intense patriotism in the innermost soul of every body. Many foundation ANZACs died, but their glorious challenge to catch the thrown torch shouts loud and strong to all. Their goal was freedom for the land they loved.

"The Spirit of ANZAC is invincible. It is the flame that burns forevermore in the heart of every true Australian and New Zealander. Today we stand safe and free, clothed with all the privileges and rights of citizens in these great free countries. And all these things - liberty, security, opportunity, the privileges of citizenship - we owe to those men who fought, endured, suffered, and died for us and for their country. Their deeds and their sacrifices gave us the invincible, the intangible, the Spirit of ANZAC."

Retired Colonel Arthur Burke OAM is a member of the Executive Committee of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland. He was inspired to write this article after reading a collection of essays written in 1961 by the students of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School, Ascot, Brisbane following their attendance at the school's annual ANZAC Day service which included an an address on 'ANZAC and its significance, emphasising the "spirit" of ANZAC.' The article is an amalgam of ideas from several essays and the author's own thoughts.


"Marš na Drinu" u centru Sidneja

Vesti Online
S. Princip
April 27, 2010

Australijanci su obeležili 95. po redu praznik nacionalnog ponosa - Anzak dan - prvi put bez generacije iz Prvog svetskog rata od koje je ovaj dan i potekao.

Poslednja stranica poglavlja o slavnoj australijskoj generaciji iz Velikog rata zatvorena je prošlog juna, smrću 110-godišnjeg Džeka Rosa iz Viktorije, poslednjeg od 416.000 vojnika iz tog vremena. Odsustvo najstarijih ratnih veterana obeleženo je konjem bez jahača u povorci u Sidneju.

Do sada, oko 1,8 miliona Australijanaca služilo je svojoj zemlji u vojnim kampanjama, a 102.000 njih stradalo je u sukobima. U nedelju, prvi ministar Kevin Rad objavio je da se Australija već priprema za 2015. godinu, kada će biti obeležena 100. godišnjica iskrcavanja na Galipolju.

Tradicionalno odavanje vojne počasti u zoru u Sidneju proteklo je u znaku obilne kiše. Padavine su popustile tokom prepodneva, taman na vreme za paradu oko 18.000 australijskih veterana i njihovih saveznika. Na čelu posebno dobro organizovane srpske kolone, marširao je predsednika Odbora za Anzak NSW dr Marko Marinković.

Interesovanje Kineza: Zanimljivo je da je jednu kinesku TV-ekipu
zanimalo da od jednog od potomaka srpskih boraca,
Dragoljuba Brkljača, čuju o Srbima i njihovom učešću u ratu.

Među učesnicima bila su i dvojica veterana, Simo Vukmirica i Đuro Kesić koje je rat i pripadništvo u četničkim jedinicama dovelo preko logora u Nemačkoj i Italiji sve do Australije.

Kesić je počeo da maršira pre tačno 60 godina i propustio je svega tri marša. Odbio je da se vozi u vojnom džipu i zajedno s Vukimiricom prešao s ostalima pešice ceo put. U srpskoj koloni bili su i prof dr Srđa Trifković koji je gost "Odbora za Anzak", kao i generalni konzul Srbije Aleksandar Besarabić i drugi.

 Posebno obeležje u srpskoj povorci ovog puta dalo je prisustvo orkestra Stoleta Petrovskog. Zahvaljujući njima, kroz centar Sidneja odjekivali su zvuci "Marša na Drinu", "Marširala kralja Petra garda"...


Live: Serbs on Anzac Day 2010 in Australia April 25
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Anzac Day 2008 in Sydney Australia
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