Rade Rebic and Aleksandra at the Mihailovich monument
during the Chetnik Family Reunion at St. Sava Monastery
in Libertyville, IL July 19, 2014.
Photo: Rebic collection.
Aleksandra's Note: As we reach the last day of the year, December 31, 2014, it's always a good time to reflect on the trials and blessings of the year gone by and what we have learned and experienced with its passage. It always seems to go by so fast, but if you take the time to reminisce and evaluate, the time we've been given doesn't change, it's what we do with it and how we experience it that influences our perception of that precious time in our lives.
In keeping with the theme of honoring General Mihailovich, 2014 has proven to be a victorious one. Even though Serbia has, for all intents and purposes, "stopped" looking for the remains of General Draza Mihailovich, Serbia's legendary and beloved WWII hero, it has become increasingly clear that with the evolution of each new generation of Serbs both in the homeland and in the Diaspora, his name and legacy is alive and well, thanks to the dedication of all those Serb patriots like my father who refused to give up and stop the good fight. Though the official "rehabilitation" process remains ongoing in the courts of Serbia, including the court of public opinion, in the hearts and minds of those who appreciate all that General Mihailovich was and what he represented, both as a military leader and as a human being, General Mihailovich never required "rehabilitation" and never will. Though he was a martyr, and his mortal life ended tragically at the hands of the Yugoslav Communists in Belgrade, that story will never be over, will never stop being told, and nor will the glory, victory, and honor it contains ever fade into oblivion. Thus, General Mihailovich, though his remains may never be found, will live forever. That is the ultimate victory.
I can't believe 2014 is over! What a year it's been and so looking forward to 2015! I have a good feeling about "Next Year" ! Taking this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who have made 2014 special. Thank you for your support, your friendship, your kindness, and all the things you've done to reinforce that there are truly good people in this world. I'm very happy and honored to have you in my life and hope you feel the same about having me in yours. God bless you and wishing you a very happy, prosperous, and healthy New Year 2015!
December 31, 2014
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