Skip to comments.Reviving the movement to establish a monument to Mihailovich in Washington
Posted on 11/11/2010 3:32:20 PM PST by Ravnagora
The World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C.
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World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.
Photo above by Randy Santos
Aleksandra's Note: Years ago, in the 1970s, a movement was born to establish a monument on the grounds of Washington, D.C. to honor General Draza Mihailovich. This movement was initiated by American WWII veterans out of gratitude for all that this Serb commander did for the Allied forces that were shot down over Nazi occupied Yugoslavia and were rescued, taken care of, and returned home without a single loss of life courtesy of General Mihailovich, his Chetnik forces, and the Serbian people loyal to them. The initiative came close to succeeding, and then it didn't.
A whole lot has happened and changed since then...
Although many of those veterans who were part of this movement have since passed away, their dream should not die with them. Wouldn't it be wonderful to resurrect this initiative and somehow follow it through all the way and make it happen? Although General Draza Mihailovich never set foot on American soil his legacy left a big footprint on American history, despite the fact that many students of that history don't even know his name, much less what he did for America's sons.
It's an idea worth considering.
The following is by Arthur Cotton Moore in "A New National Mall for the 21st Century".
Washingtonian, July 2006
Is There Room on the Mall for . . .
Here are some of the memorials and museums that have been proposed for the National Mall under the Commemorative Works Acts:
A memorial to Martin Luther King Jr.
A memorial to John Adams
A memorial to victims of Communism
A memorial to Benjamin Banneker
A memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower
A memorial to American veterans disabled for life
A memorial to Frederick Douglass
A memorial to the Ukrainian genocide
A memorial to Ronald Reagan
A memorial to slavery
A Pyramid of Remembrance for soldiers who died in peacekeeping, covert work, and more
A memorial to Native Americans
A memorial to the Cold War
A memorial to children of the American Revolution
A memorial to Hispanic Vietnam veterans
A memorial to Thomas Paine
A National Peace Garden
A memorial to black Revolutionary War patriots
A memorial to women who served in Vietnam
Middle Passage National Monument
A memorial to Ralph David Abernathy
A memorial to Draza Mihailovich
A memorial to Davy Crockett
A memorial to Peace Corps volunteers
A memorial to the teaching profession
Tiananmen Square Memorial Park
A memorial to Raoul Wallenberg
A monument to honor the American Flag and display the worlds largest
A memorial to the Merchant Marines
A memorial to members of the American press
A memorial to those killed while covering a war or other armed conflict
A memorial to Hispanic-American members of the armed forces
A memorial to American astronauts
The National Museum of the American Latino Community
The National Womens History Museum
The National Health Museum
The National Museum of African-American History and Culture
Is there a strategy to accomplish this long overdue memorial to the premier hero of the 20th century?
Mihailovic's instructions to his forces on the subject of creating an ethnically pure Greater Serbia are today considered war crimes, and with the passing of the Soviet Union, we have no reason to overlook the man's failings anymore.
Pure nonsense, Hoplite.
Mihailovich was no “ethnic cleanser”. And considering that his forces consisted of Croats and other non-Serbs in Yugoslavia, that would have been rather counterproductive of him to instruct his forces to create an “ethnically pure Greater Serbia”.
He wanted all Serbs unified under the protection of one state, for very obvious and justified reasons, considering that they were spread throughout Yugoslavia and in areas where they were surrounded by very hostile neighbors.
His idea of “Greater Serbia” was sort of like “The United States of America”.
But I have a feeling you already know that.
And the Soviet Union certainly did not turn out to be “his friend.”
You forgot to mention that Mihailovic collaborated with the Nazis, Hoplite...Are you losing your memory?
Ah yes, Hoppy, you’re still hurting from the massive defeat that the American people handed you and your fellow obamaites earlier this month. Your Serbophobic vituperations won’t help you deal with your loss. You just have to face up to it and move on!!!!
First of all, happy Veterans’ Day to all American veterans, especially the World War II veterans who not only defeated Nazism and Japanese imperialism, but also built the great America we knew until later generations worked to tear her down. Thank you very much for your service, and I hope that we younger folks can help restore American to greatness again.
As for the Draza Mihailovich memorial: it took an overly long time for this country to even put up a World War II Memorial, for not-so-good reasons. (Even the Vietnam War memorial was built long before the WWII memorial.) Thus it is understandable that there is no Draza Mihailovich Memorial, even apart from America’s horrible anti-Serbian policies.
A Draza Mihailovich memorial should be put up very soon, in or near the WWII Memorial. And the building of the Draza Mihailovich Memorial should coincide with a 180-degree change in America’s policy toward Serbia.
Which is to say you're on a fool's errand.
Yes, not too many people left in this country who still cling to the communist version of history as you do.
Ronald Reagan is spinnning in his grave.
He left his ginko back at his assisted living quarters. Curmudgeons usually panic around the time when the alzheimers kicks in.
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