It has been 24 years tomorrow that we remember Vukovar. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of his downfall.
It has been 24 years since Vukovar fell to the JNA, Serbian aggressor. It has been defended for three months against overwhelming enemy and impossible odds. The backbone of JNA has been broken on something JNA thought would fall in the span of several weeks. When you defend something you love and are proud of, you don't let go of it easily. Trpinjska street has become a tank graveyard, so many tanks have been destroyed there by defenders with little to no weaponry.
It has been 24 years that the innocents of Vukovar, both its defenders and those injured and sick in Vukovar hospital, have been butchered by men with no conscience and no heart on Ovčara, a cattle breeding site turned concentration camp and killing ground. I don't know the exact number, but around 4000 has been killed, many are missing and the rest have been driven away from their hearths, their homes, their forefather's land. Many did return, but it has been hard to build from the ground up again. It still isn't easy today.
It has been 24 years that Vukovar was completely razed to the ground. No words can be found for the unspeakable horror the enemy unleashed on it. Bombing over every measure tore everything in its path, reducing the city to rubble and dust.
It has been 24 years that the beautiful church of Saint Philip and James there has been desecrated, its old tombs destroyed after a failed robbery, for there was nothing of material value in them. It has been done in blind hatred of everything Croatian.
The butchers sang: "There'll be meat, there'll be meat, we'll butcher Croats!". Some of them are living in the same town they tried their best to kill, thinking they escaped justice. Human justice can be evaded, but each and every one of us will have to stand before God and account for our deeds. God's mills grind slow, but grind fine.
I write this to remember Vukovar. I write this to impart on you the truth of what happened and what has been done. It must not be forgotten.
Remember Vukovar, the city hero. Remember it well.