Serbia marks Armistice Day

Tanjug/Strahinja Aćimović

Serbia and the world are marking Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, when Allied Powers signed the armistice with Germany, ending World War I.

Acting as an envoy of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Nikola Selakovic laid a wreath on the Monument to the Unknown Hero on Mt. Avala.

Selakovic said that, without victory in World War I, Serbia would not exist today or at least not within its existing borders.

The armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, in the French city of Compiegne, in a special railway carriage of Marshal of France Ferdinand Foch and remained in force until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.

According to the information of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, in World War I Serbia lost 1,247,435 people, or 28 percent of its total population. Out of this number, 402,435 soldiers were killed in battle, or died from wounds or the epidemic.

Armistice Day was declared Serbia’s national holiday in 2012.