The day the Serbian flag flew over the White House

16 Jan

Did you know that on July 28th, 1918 …. President Woodrow Wilson gave the order to fly the Serbian flag over over the White House and all public buildings in the D.C area… He made the following speech and had it published in all major newspapers in the USA and had it read in most houses of worship in the country….

On Sunday, 28th of this present month, will occur the fourth anniversary of the day when the gallant people of Serbia, rather than submit to the studied and ignoble exactions of a prearranged foe, were called upon by the war declaration of Austria-Hungry to defend their territory and their homes against an enemy bent on their destruction. Nobly did they respond.

So valiantly and courageously did they oppose the forces of a country ten times greater in population and resources that it was only after they had thrice driven the Austrians back and Germany and Bulgaria had come to the aid of Austria that they were compelled to retreat into Albania. While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken. Though overwhelmed by superior forces, their love of freedom remains unabated. Brutal force has left unaffected their firm determination to sacrifice everything for liberty and independence.

It is fitting that the people of the United States, dedicated to the self-evident truth that is the right of the people of all nations, small as well as great, to live their own lives and choose their own government, and remembering that the principles for which Serbia has so nobly fought and suffered are those for which the United States is fighting, should on the occasion of this anniversary manifest in an appropriate manner their war sympathy with this oppressed people who have so heroically resisted the aims of the Germanic nations to master the world. At the same time, we should not forget the kindred people of the Great Slavic race–the Poles, the Czechs and Jugo-Slavs, who, now dominated and oppressed by alien races yearn for independence and national unity.

This can be done in a manner no more appropriate than in our churches. I, therefore, appeal to the people of the United States of all faiths and creeds to assemble in their several places of worship on Sunday July 28, for the purpose of giving expression to their sympathy with this subjugated people and their oppressed and dominated kindred in other lands, and to invoke the blessings of Almighty God upon them and upon the cause to which they are pledged.

Woodrow Wilson, President,
The White House, July, 1918.

Here is a short YouTube video about it….

Just another show of American/ Serb friendship of the old days… Wish we could learn from history!!!



Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Through my eyes


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7 responses to “The day the Serbian flag flew over the White House

  1. Jenn

    January 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Another article that I read about this first a year ago (on January 9th, 2011) can be found here almost verbatim: Leaves you with some poignant questions to think about in the end, too. A great blog for those interested in following an American-living-in-Serbia perspective. If that article has been snagged to help develop this one, a little credit to the original source is now given.

    • cather76

      January 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      hey there… hvala puno.. i have read here blog!!! its a great one.. thanks a lot

  2. marko

    January 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Charles,
    first of all, I would like to thank you for support, I hope that old days of American-Serb friendship will be back.
    I’d like to add a one more detail to the story you’ve wrote. Not far away from Zrenjanin there is a little vilage called Idvor, birth place of Mihajlo Pupin ( ), Serbian physicist. ( you can read details on wikipedia)
    He was a very good friend of president Wilson and thanks to his influence the presindent supported Serbian people during WWI. Thanks to him Vojvodina, as we know it now, is a part of Serbia ( at least for now 🙂
    So if you ever have time, visit Idvor and Mihajlo Pupin memorial house, maybe there you can find more infromation of this historic moment.

    cheers bro !
    best regards

    • cather76

      January 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      wow.. i didnt know that.. thanks for the bit of info.. i will do that!!! thanks for reading also!!

  3. Toni Kuzmanovski

    January 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    NIce work Charles!!! I didn’t know this.

    You can put in your blog this: America’s Veterans: The Serbian People Are Heroes!

    • cather76

      January 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      i have a story of the “forgotten 500″… great story… thanks for reading!!

  4. BeliOraoSrbija

    January 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    In regards to the Forgotten 500, how do you feel about the american government covering up that operation? And covering up the legion of merit awarded to Gen Mihajlovic?.
    Did you also know that Gen. Mihajlovic was time magazines man of the year?.


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