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2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipients

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Three Serbs are recipients of 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor: Dr.Radmila Milentijevic and Philip and Madlena Zepter.

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) and intended to pay homage to the immigrant experience. The medals honor the contribution made to America by immigrants and the legacy they left behind in the successes of their children and grand-children. Many Medalists take pride in documenting their family's entry to the country via Ellis Island. The medals are awarded to native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds. The honorees are said to "exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage."

The medals were established at the time of NECO's founding in 1986. A ceremony is held each May on Ellis Island. All branches of the United States Armed Forces traditionally participate. Both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor. Each year’s recipients are read into the Congressional Record.

The Great Hall where immigrants were once processed hosts the gala dinner which follows the ceremony. Approximately 100 Medalists are honored each year. Past Medalists include six Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.

The Ellis Island Medals of Honor celebrate the diversity of American life, honoring not only individuals, but the pluralism and democracy that have enabled ancestry groups to maintain their identities while becoming integral parts of the American Way of life.


Click here for full list of 2011 medalist

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 12:40

Jeremic to represent Serbia at UNSC session on May 12

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Source: Tanjug


Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic said that he will represent Serbia at the regular session of the UN Security Council in New York, at which Serbia's initiative that the investigation of the illegal trade in human organs should be conducted by an independent body with the UN mandate will be considered.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic said that he will represent Serbia at the regular session of the UN Security Council in New York, at which Serbia's initiative that the investigation of the illegal trade in human organs should be conducted by an independent body with the UN mandate will be considered.

Jeremic said at a press conference held after his meeting with Namibian Minister of Foreign Affairs Utoni Nujoma that any investigation that is not under the UN Security Council mandate could not establish the full truth for many reasons, of which the most important is territorial jurisdiction.

EULEX does not have the mandate to investigate beyond the territory of Kosovo-Metohija, and if there is a sincere intention to establish the truth, then the investigation must be conducted on a much larger geographical area, Jeremic underlined.

He said that the UN SC members are holding consultations on Serbia's initiative behind closed doors, and added that he does not expect the final decision to be made at the 12 May session.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 09:11


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Đurđevdan (Ђурђевдан) in Serbian, (Serbian: Ђурђевдан "George's day", is a South-Slavic religious holiday, celebrated on April 23 by the Julian calendar (May 6 by Gregorian calendar), which is the feast of Saint George and a very important Slava. He is one of the most important Christian saints in Orthodox churches. This holiday is attached to the tradition of celebrating the beginning of spring. Christian synaxaria hold that St. George was a martyr who died for his faith. On icons, he is usually depicted as a man riding a horse and killing a dragon. Every Đurđevdan is celebrated all over the Serbian diaspora but mainly in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina.

 Happy Đurđevdan !



This Sunday May ,08 2011 Djurdjevdan celebration in monastery New Gracanica. (Click here for more info)

Ambassador Warlick’s RTS Interview with Oko

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Ambassador Warlick’s RTS Interview with Oko Magazin.

Radio Television Serbia aired Ambassador Mary Warlick’s interview with Oko’s Zoran Stanojevic on March 31.


Relations between the United States of America and Serbia (established in 1881 while the Consulat-General in New York was opened in 1879) have been traditionally friendly and comprehensive with the exception of the past decade. This was reflected, inter alia, in the US support to the creation of the first South Slav common state in 1918 (support of the right of peoples to self-determination), the alliance in two world wars, developed political contacts and sizable economic assistance provided by the US to Yugoslavia after the Second World War.



Serbian surgeon wins US award

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The American Association for Vascular Surgery named Serbia's Dragan Milic, 44, the 2010 best young vascular surgeon outside of the United States.

"I am so happy, because I received this award from the professors whose books and works I've studied," Milic said.

The American Association for Vascular Surgery, the leading medical authority on vascular surgery in the world, selects the best doctors from outside the United States every year. This is the first time a Serbian doctor has received this honour.

The association's decision was based on Milic's four original works, which were published in the well-known American Journal of Vascular Surgery over the past three years. "This should be an example to all of my young colleagues," Milic said. "They have to be persistent, follow the latest developments in medicine, publish their works, and attend medical conferences."

Milic works in the Department of Vascular Surgery in the Clinical Centre of Nis, where he is extremely popular among patients.

Vinka Jovanovic, 63, had battled leg pain before she met Dr. Milic. "I hardly moved, I didn't sleep many nights because of pain," she remembers. "Thanks to my doctor, I can now walk again." Milic is known for treatment using the multi-layer compression bandage method with Tubulcus. He has cured thousands of people across Serbia and surrounding countries.

"Patients come from all over the region," said the head nurse of the Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery of Nis, Marica Bajovic. "Some of them are even coming without an appointment, but Dr. Milic receives everyone and takes care of them."

Milic is highly respected among colleagues as well, Bajovic said. He is a good manager and the clinic's staff enjoys working with him, she said. "He always finds sponsors; he has managed a free healthcare plan for our employees," Bajovic said. "He often organises parties in our clinic. It's fun working with him." As one of the world's best doctors, Milic has received several highly-paid job offers from world renowned clinics, but he is not going to leave Nis. "Money is not the main motivation for me," Milic said. "I have enough income in Nis. I can live on my salary."

He plans to continue his practice there and learn more from his colleagues abroad. With the $7,000 prize, Milic plans to attend a conference of US vascular surgeons in Boston this June.

"After the conference, with my mentor Peter Gloviczky, the chief vascular surgeon at Mayo Clinic, I will be able to spend a few months in various American clinics and learn about the latest treatment methods in vascular surgery," Milic said.

By Biljana Pekusic for Southeast European Times in Belgrade -- 19/04/11

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