25th Jubilee Celebrations
25th JUBILEE OF THE FOUNDATIOIN OF THE ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
Chronological Order of Activities for the 25th Jubilee Celebrations
The celebration of the 25th Jubilee of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia was going on in complex circumstances and modest budget which was taken from the overall budget designated to ARM and their normal functioning without having separate amount of funds for the celebrations.
The jubilee was accordingly celebrated with activities for public representation of the Macedonian Army in accordance with the Plan of Activities for 25th Jubilee of the foundation of the ARM. The focus for celebrating the jubilee was given by the General Staff of the ARM.
The activities were focused on celebrating the days of each unit and significant historical events on which the foundation of the ARM is based. In addition, the exercise activity, such as the 21st Conference of Chiefs of General Staff, US – Adriatic Charter Defense Ministerial (A-5) was also included in the planned activities.
The activities started with designing a logo for the jubilee by the General Staff of ARM which was symbiosis between the ARM symbol with its constitutional functions and the state symbols.
After being approved, the logo was used in all correspondence, on the ARM web page, and on banners and fliers used during the ARM activities with the public. Moreover, for the first time Macedonian Post supported the issuing of a postal stamp of ARM which made history.
The historical events which were celebrated with public and media were: taking over of the first border tower “Ramna Niva”, taking control of the state border, taking over the biggest military installation “Ilinden”, and welcoming the first military serviceman in the ARM. A few of the actual participants were present at the celebration of some of the activities as well as distinguished guests, including the Supreme Commander of the ARM, the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, who addressed the audience at the border tower “Ramna Niva”.
Among the other significant activities which celebrated the Jubilee of the foundation of ARM was the joint military exercise “Dragon Guardian” with the forces of the United States European Command at the TA “Krivolak” from 28.07 to 10.08.2017. On the Day of the distinguished guest on the exercise a lot of high military and state representatives were present, including foreign ambassadors in Macedonia. In addition, another activity was the military exercise “Macedonian flash 13”, when NATO evaluation Level 2 of Middle Infantry Battalion group was assessed in accordance with the Combined Joint Operations catalogue of NATO capacities and capabilities.
The central celebration of the Jubilee of the foundation of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia was on the 18th of August, which is the Day of ARM. Prior to this celebration there were tactical and technical demonstrations in front of the civilian population in Skopje, in all garrisons where ARM units work.
There were extensive preparations prior the central celebration, including interaction with the civilians at the military stadium who had an opportunity to see the available military equipment as well as the performance of professional DJs.
The Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia, Radmila Shekerinska and the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov addressed the audience at the central celebration. Moreover, he presented a Medal for Military Merits to the Honour Battalion and the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion within the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
All celebration activities in the jubilee year were followed with interest; therefore, ARM servicemen were twenty-one times guests on national TV stations and twice on local TV stations. In addition, there were two TV documentaries and two articles about the ARM, and thirty-six out of fifty-nine activities were covered by the media.