The President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vuiqi., Attended today the memorial service in Šumarice in Kragujevac.
Bishop ovanumadijski Jovan and the clergy paid tribute to the victims, after which President Vučić laid a wreath at the monument erected on the site where on October 21, 1941, German occupying forces shot dead students and teachers at Kragujevac High School.
The October Kragujevac Memorial Park in Sumarice marks the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of World War II and the 80th anniversary of the mass execution of civilians in Kragujevac.
October Kragujevac or Kragujevac Massacre is the massacre of the civilian population, mainly Serbs of Kragujevac and surrounding villages, carried out by the German occupying forces on 19, 20 and 21 October 1941, in the occupied part of Serbia.
Approximately 3,000 residents of Kragujevac and surrounding areas died in the crime, and among them 300 schoolchildren from Kragujevac and fifteen children between the ages of 8 and 15.
After World War II, it was estimated that 7,000 civilians died. According to šumarice’s historian and former curator Staniša Brkić, 2,796 people were executed that day.