Movie geeks inside of us could not resist referring to Bill Pullman in his role as President Thomas J. Withmore rallying pilots for a fight with invading aliens (that film was in theaters 20 years ago, makes us feel old…) in the title. It’s a good film speech.
Political sciences geeks inside of us, on the other hand, are really into out very own Independence day, a somewhat older, and way more dramatic, ID that happened on October 8th 1991.
On that day we witnessed a birth of a nation being played out in our Parliament. Acting on the will of the people legitimized by a referendum on independence the parliament had unanimously voted on the Resolution of Departing from Yugoslavia, thus making the communist confederation non existent. Fifteen more laws were voted in that day that made the legal foundation for the new Republic.
It was a great day and a sad day. Croatia had declared its independence in the midst of war against Yugoslavian National Army that would last for four more years. Today we celebrate the legislative and democratic processes that took place on that day and on which a modern democratic state we have today made its foundations.
It is a national holiday and a lot of places will be closed for the day. So if you had any plans for today please inform yourself if the venues are opened.