The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, has published a message on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Croatia the 8th of October. And below follows the complete unedited text
Dear citizens of Dubrovnik,
On the 8th of October 1991, the Croatian Parliament adopted a decision on the termination of all state-law relations of the Republic of Croatia with the former State. That day will always be remembered in Croatian history as the day we chose a sovereign, independent and democratic Republic of Croatia.
27 years later, we are proudly commemorating this date and remembering all those who gave their lives for this day to become reality. We are reminded of our defenders, of all the civilians killed and their families. To all of them, we have immense gratitude and deep respect.
In our city, we particularly felt the full consequences of this much desired autonomy and freedom. At this time of the year the memories are especially strong. Nevertheless, the war wounds have been healed, our city is moving forward, but the memory of those who gave their lives remains forever.
Dear fellow citizens, on behalf of the employees of the City of Dubrovnik and myself personally, I send you sincere congratulations on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Croatia!