Macedonia marks 24th anniversary of army founding

Source: XinhuaEditor: Ouyang
2016-08-18 17:01

SKOPJE, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Macedonia on Wednesday marked the 24th anniversary of the founding of its army, organizing several activities to commemorate the event.

Top state executives visited the World War II memorial grounds at Skopje cemetery as well as the graves of the presidents Boris Trajkovski and Kiro Gligorov, local media reported.

State representatives laid wreaths at the memorial as well as at the grave of the General Mihajlo Apostoski, who led the Macedonian guerrilla units during World War II.

The army of the Republic of Macedonia was founded on Feb. 21, 1992.

Army Day in Macedonia is celebrated on Aug. 18 every year. The holiday commemorates the creation of the Mirce Acev battalion in 1943. The battalion laid the foundation of the People's Liberation Army of Macedonia that fought against the Axis forces during WWII.

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