While Yugoslavia was still in official mourning for its leader, the city where President Tito died, Ljubljana, went ahead with its annual Heroes Day celebrations last Sunday (11 May).
GV Military band marching down street playing, followed by heroes.
CU Medal on man and people standing nearby watching. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Military men and women in parade. (2 SHOTS)
SV Poster with former President Tito's picture on it.
SV Soldiers holding flags.
SV Troops holding automatic weapons march past. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Crowds gathered in the Ljubljana Square of Liberation while heroes gather.
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Background: While Yugoslavia was still in official mourning for its leader, the city where President Tito died, Ljubljana, went ahead with its annual Heroes Day celebrations last Sunday (11 May). The occasion took on its greatest significance since 1941, when the heroes made their uprising against the Italian Fascist forces of occupation. It represents everything their late President had stood for, and tens of thousands joined in the long march along the miles of paths where barbed wire was once strung by the Fascists.
SYNOPSIS: The veterans of the resistance marched through the streets of the ancient city to the martial music of one of the many bands on parade. Ljubljana was the first European city to honour its wartime heroes in this way.
The day was filled with special sports events, political rallies and a march by more than twenty thousand residents. The march, along miles of paths, retraced the route where barbed wire once contained the residents.
Portraits of the late President, who had twice attended the celebrations took an honoured place among the local heroes. As leader of the Yugoslav partisans, Tito symbolised the country's successful struggle for liberation from foreign domination and occupation.
The march-past included a show of military force and was viewed by representatives of the new government. Formed following the death of President Tito.
The parade and other events ended in Ljubljana's Liberation Square with a special ceremony honouring the day's heroes. Homages to Tito were delivered by members of the regional government and of the Yugoslav Youth Organisation.