In the presence of numerous guests, delegations of friend cities and twin towns, parliament members, representatives of the University, representatives of judiciary system, state institutions and organizations in the building of the Old Assembly a ceremonious session was held of Kragujevac City Assembly devoted to the celebration of the day of the city - St George's Day.
After the anthem “Bože pravde” performed by the Singing Company of Kragujevac, the president of the City Assembly, Miroslav Petrašinović, welcomed the present people. He reminded that the aim of the festivities which are ongoing is to celebrate the decision of Prince Miloš, who, on Saint George’s day in 1818, in the monastery of Vraćevšnica at the Assembly session, had announced that the capital shall move from Gornja Crnuća to Kragujevac. This is also the year of the jubilee – 200 years since Kragujevac became the capital of the liberated Serbia.
“When talking about my capital city, we have nothing to argue about, neither the left ones, nor the right ones, not the ones who have power nor the opposition, about everything else we can talk,“ said Radomir Nikolić. “There is no need to dispute about trains that come and go, and the biggest and the most important of them has just arrived, from another, western industrial centre with great history. It has arrived to complete the story about industrial development and history of my capital city.
Apart from canons, automobiles, trucks and many other things that have been produced here and are still produced, soon we shall include trains. The rails of the future bring also technologies from the east, because everybody is welcome to my capital city. I believe that due to our openness we have secured that industrial novelties will be designed and produced in the future, same as they used to be in the past, here in my capital town,“ said Radomir Nikolić.
This year again, at the ceremonious City assembly session, public acknowledgements of the City of Kragujevac were awarded. By the decision of council members, the title of honorary citizen was given to the actor Mirko Babić from Kragujevac and to Talal Elzik from Palestine. Also Saint George’s awards were given for works created in 2017 to: Biljana Planić in the area of private entrepreneurship, Vidosav Stevanović for art, Faculty of sciences and Boriša Radovanović for science. Saint George’s award for medicine was given to professor doctor Slobodan Milisavljević, and in the field of sport to Milutin Stefanović. In the field of humanitarian work Saint George’s award was given to: Zoran Kočović, Nenad Milošević, Mirko Kitanić, Milan Mitrović, Ivan Glišović, Nebojša Petković, Nenad Milikić, Mirko Vranić, Ivan Simović, Zoran Lazović, Nebojša Simić, Srđan Tucaković, and Bojan Marković – for exceptional courage, sacrifice and professionalism at extinguishing the fire in the Technical maintenance institute.
The second Saint George’s award in the field of humanitarian work was given to the organizers of the humanitarian action of great scope, for medical treatment of Teodora Vranješević in Germany, to: Snežana Lazarević, Boban Lazarević, Gordana Bigić, Katarina Milićević, Aleksandra Petrović, Predrag Petrović, Suzana Đorđević, Marija Milojević Lazarević, Dragan Timotijević, Dragan Prokić and Dejan Tršić.
By the decision of the mayor of Kragujevac, Radomir Nikolić, the plaquette of Saint George was given to Kragujevac First Gymnasium and Musical School “Miloje Milojević“ for exceptional contribution to the affirmation and promotion of Kragujevac in the country and abroad. For exceptional contribution in helping the town and citizens of Kragujevac, for affirmation and promotion of Kragujevac as a place of nurturing human and humane values, the plaquette of Saint George was given to the Foundation “Dragica Nikolić“, Predrag Marinković and Vladica Brković.