HRH Crown Prince Alexander, accompanied by Kingdom of Serbia Association’s management and members of the Association’s Municipal Committee in Smederevska Palanka attended the unveiling of the monument dedicated to the French and Serbian pilots from the WW1 on 12th September, 2015.
Representatives of the Kingdom of Serbia Association’s management were Mr. Mario Majstorovic, president of the Association, and Mr. Sasa Susic, president of the Executive Board.
After the ceremony, wreaths were laid by HRH Crown Prince Alexander, HE Mrs. Christine Moro, ambassador of the Republic of France, HE Mrs. Dagmar Repcekova, ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Mr. Dragan Popovic, state secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Mr Slavoljub Djuric, President of the Municipal Assembly of Smederevska Palanka, Col. Antonios Kostakis, Defence attaché at the Greek embassy, Mr Jean Claude Seguela, one of descendants of the French pilots, representatives of Association of Air Club “Prijedor” and Association of war volunteers.
In his address, Crown Prince Alexander emphasised: “I am very happy to be here today at the unveiling of the monument to the French and Serbian pilots of World War I. My grandfather, His Majesty King Alexander, had a pioneering role in the development of Serbian aviation. He was the first Serb who flew a plane, near Paris, in 1910. As the supreme commander of the Serbian army in the Great War, my grandfather regularly visited the French “Squadron MF 99”, which made a great contribution to the Serbian war efforts. My father, His Majesty King Peter II was a pilot with the British Royal Air Force during World War II. As their proud descendant, I congratulate all the organizers on the unveiling of this exceptional monument. It will be a reminder to the new generations of the glory days of the Kingdom of Serbia and its wartime alliance with France.”
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