Charlotte Mayor McCrory proclaims Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week

CITY OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, North Carolina is home to more than 10,000 Bosniak Americans including thousands in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, who have successfully integrated into the Charlotte community and are working towards a better future, and

WHEREAS, the Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB) is an umbrella organization representing Bosniaks in the United States and Canada; and

WHEREAS, July 11, 2009 is commemorated as the 14th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre, in which at least 8,372 innocent Bosniak civilians were summarily executed and 30,000 were expelled from their homes in the worst atrocity in Europe since the Holocaust; and

WHEREAS, July 11, 2009 will be known as Srebrenica Remembrance Day; and

WHEREAS, the anniversary raises awareness of the tragic suffering of the Bosnian people and honors and remembers those who dies as a result of the policies of ethnic cleansing and aggression; and

WHEREAS, both, the United States Senate and the United State House of Representatives passed resolutions in 2005 acknowledging the genocide that the Serbian forces perpetrated in Srebrenica, and all of Bosnia from 1992 to 1995;

NOW, THEREFORE, I , Patrick L. McCrory, May of Charlotte, do hereby proclaim the week of July 11, 2009 as

“BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA TRIBUTE WEEK”

in Charlotte and commend its observance to all citizens

WITNESS MY HAND and the official Seal of the City of Charlotte

__________________________
Patrick L. McCrory, Mayor