The City of Rijeka, in cooperation with associations of the veterans of the Homeland War and the Second World War, endeavours to preserve the memories and achievements of the two wars which marked the history of Croatia and thereby also the history of Rijeka.

The tasks of the City of Rijeka include, among others, regular maintenance of the monuments and memorials to the victims of World War Two and the Homeland War.

Moreover, the City of Rijeka takes care that the memories of individuals and brigades that defended Croatia and our city are kept alive, in an adequate manner, in citizens’ everyday lives. Thus, for example, in 2005 the southern and northern parts of Republika Hrvatska square were renamed respectively to “the 111th brigade and the 128th brigade of the Croatian Army”, thus paying our respects and gratitude to the brigades for the defence of our city and the sovereignty of the homeland, whereas since 2004 a street at Marčeljeva Draga has been renamed after Marin Jakominić, legendary commander of the Special Police Units.

In 2008 the City of Rijeka published a monograph titled “Rijeka u domovinskom ratu / Rijeka in the Homeland War” by author Dragan Ogurlić, which in a documented manner, through the words of the author and numerous interlocutors, mainly war commanders and prominent people in Rijeka and the region in the period from 1991 to 1995, faithfully shows the situation in Rijeka and the closest battlefront in Lika during the war.

A permanent Homeland War collection titled “U obrani domovine / In defence of the Homeland”, was inaugurated in 2015, at the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral and it presents the course of war events in the Homeland War, police and military formations and battlefronts in which citizens and members of formations from the Primorje -Gorski Kotar County took part.

With numerous events and publications even today, more than seventy years after the end of World War II and liberation, Rijeka keeps the memory of the victims and victory in World War II, particularly victory over fascism, that in a certain way characterized the development and progress of Europe in the 20th century.

The City of Rijeka takes care of the monuments dedicated to victims of the Homeland War and World War II, in particular the Bridge dedicated to Croatian Homeland War Defenders, the Avenue of Croatian Defenders at the central city cemetery Drenova and the Monument to Freedom in the Delta area.

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