Veljko Lazić, the President of the Republic Organization of Families of Captured and Killed Fighters and Missing Civilians, said that the Army of the Republic of Srpska defended Srspka and preserved the Serbian people at their centuries-old ancestral homes, and that we must never forget the magnitude of the sacrifice that our fighters made for the Republic.

“We must never forget the magnitude of the sacrifice that our fallen fighters, as well as those injured or disabled, made for the Republic of Srpska. The young generations must preserve the permanent memory and remembrance of the Army of the Republic of Srpska, because that is a way to preserve the Republic of Srpska,” said Lazić to Srna on the occasion of Vidovdan — the patron saint of the Army of the Republic of Srpska.

He pointed out that the Republic of Srpska is still searching for 1,652 missing persons of the Serbian nationality, while 657 exhumed and yet unidentified remains are in three memorial ossuaries in Srpska, in Banja Luka, Nevesinje and East Sarajevo.

The Army of the Republic of Srpska was established on May 12, 1992, and elected Vidovdan as its feast day, the holiday dedicated to the Holy Prince Lazar and the heroes who were killed in the Battle of Kosovo, which had taken place on this day in 1389.

In the reform of the defense system in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Third Infantry Regiment (Republic of Srpska) was established within the joint Armed Forces. The Regiment inherits the tradition of the Army of the Republic of Srpska.