Sumadija Diocese clergy administered memorial service to Doctor Elizabeth Ross and other members of foreign medical mission to Serbia in 1914-1918. After the Memorial Service in the memory of 101 year since the death of Doctor Elizabeth Ross the Mayor of Kragujevac Radomir Nikolic, the member of the City Council Gordana Damjanovic, the deputy President of the City Assembly Slavica Kominac, His Excellency the Ambassador of Canada to Serbia Philip Pinnington, the representative of the Embassy of Great Britain, Colonel Simon Fitzgibbon, Defence Attaché, Australian Embassy First Secretary, Melinda Rio, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy Dragan Popovic, representatives of the Garrison of Kragujevac, Serbian Medical Society, International Committee of the Red Cross, Red Cross of Kragujevac, the Association of the Veterans 1912-1920 and SUBNOR as well as the terrain unit “Dr Elizabeth Ross“ laid the wreaths at the monument of Doctor Elizabeth Ross.
Dr Gordana Damjanovic, member of the City Council for Health and Welfare addressed the gathered at the Memorial Service on behalf of the City of Kragujevac. Aiding unselfishly Doctor Ross met her duties as a Christian, the British, the woman and the scientist. She died and was buried far away from her native country here in Kragujevac, Serbia in the country of people to whom she gave all her heart. We are responsible to see that she remains forever remembered – said Gordana Damjanovic.
On behalf of the Embassy of Great Britain the Colonel Simon Fitzgibbon, Defence Attaché extended his appreciation to the City of Kragujevac and its citizens that, as he said, cherish the memory of Elizabeth Ross and the members of British medical mission who lost their lives in those disastrous days of the typhus epidemic in the World War One.
The inscription on the memorial reads “You gave your heart to the Serbian people“ and I can only add that Dr Ross and her colleagues in those times of crisis were real sincere ambassadors of the Great Britain to Serbia. Although they believed that they were only doing their job they showed that the friendship and respect among people is the most precious and permanent in the relations of our countries and people. They believed that we should all do what we knew best and that is why each of us should contribute with what we are best in. I wish to ensure you that we deeply appreciate that the local self-government of Kragujevac keeps the memory of doctor Ross and other members of Scottish hospital and that is why we extend most sincere gratefulness on behalf of the Great Britain and my colleagues from Canada and Australia, - said Colonel Simon Fitzgibbon.
Beside the President of the Serbian Medical Society in Kragujevac Dr Ranko Golijanin, the respect to Doctor Elizabeth Ross, Lorna Ferris, Mabel Diermer and other heroines of international humanitarian missions was paid by the young volunteers of the Red Cross and the members of the terrain unit “Dr Elizabeth Ross“ who with their engagements, assistance of the elderly, lonely and ill demonstrate that they really understand and recognize the courage, wisdom and moral strength of the deceased doctors.