Croatia post issued a postage stamp to mark Victory and Thanks Giving Day, paying tribute to Armed Forces of the Croatia who actively participated in the defence of homeland.
The stamp features the first verses of the Ode to Liberty from the pastoral play and the labels of Croatian Ground Forces, Croatian Air Force and Air Defence, Croatian Navy and emblems of Police and Special Police of the Croatia.
The stamp also marks the 20th anniversary of the military and police operations “Lightning “ and “Thunderstorm“.
Victory and Thanks Giving Day
Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia were founded on 28. May 1991, when the first brigades of the National Guard made a ceremonial pledge and a solemn march was organised at the stadium of the Football Club Zagreb on Kranjceviceva Street.
Exactly these forces played later a key role in the defence and liberation of Croatia.
Actually, that year in summer the aggressor moved forward to attack Croatian territory and despite heroic resistance of Croatian Army the enemy advanced and took parts of the territory.
After very intensive fights also Vukovar, the town-hero, lost its last battle on 18 November.
Three months of intensive fighting created preconditions for the defence of the remaining part of Croatia and in that period the National Guard conducted successful actions, stopped the enemy and stabilised the situation in the battlefield.
At the end of March 1992 the situation changed in the battlefield and the second phase of the Homeland War was characterised by a series of successful liberation operations.
Among the exceptionally important actions was “Maslenica” during which the background area of Zadar was liberated and the traffic communication between the south and the north part of Croatia was established.
The actions continued during 1994 creating preconditions for liberation of the occupied territories and for the military and police operation “Bljesak” (Lightning) in which the army showed excellent capabilities.
The crown of liberation actions was the operation “Oluja” (Thunderstorm) in August 1995, which marked the change in strategic positioning of forces in favour of Croatia.
Apart from keeping public order and peace and preventing criminal activities, the police are focused on proactive functioning, i.e. prevention of negative security trends in the community in cooperation with the citizens and local community.
Since 2005 police officers have participated in international peace missions, and as a member of Interpol, Europol and ATLAS, Croatian Police contributes to the prevention and combat of all types of criminal activities. Today, Croatian Police also controls the outer border of the European Union.
Title: Victory and Thanks Giving Day postage stamp Croatia
Date of Issue: 3 August 2015
Denominations: 3,1 HRK
Source: Croatia Post