The opening speech of Mrs Milankа Marа Karic president of Karic foundation.
I repeat every year when greeting you, that the Award does not give honor to the Man – but the Man gives honour to the Award. This year, as every previous one, our laureates are a great honour to our award. I would like to commence this speech with the words of the founder of our award, my Bogoljub:
‘I have wished to create yet another family of brilliant minds of our contemporaries that selflessly devote their work, life and entire strength to their country and nation. That has initiated me to create an award whose laureates will bring change to the Serbian history. They are our beacon in the world at large’.
Dear friends, the idea to bestow the best amongst us has gathered us this evening for the eleventh time. This is the third year that the creator of this award is not present. History teaches us that great people are predestined to experience-immense suffering and trials. Their mission in this world is often beyond comprehension for us mere mortals, and the path they have to follow is a difficult one. One cannot begin to count how many Serbian men have laid down their life throughout history, and how many of them are still waiting to be reinstated. The truth, needless to say, always comes after the disaster.
This experience makes us stronger and happier, and it has given us a clearer perception of our true friends, who are honourable courageous people that have remained committed to the values that are so clearly at the core of our award.
I am very grateful to you all tonight for supporting the Award that carries our family name despite this hard time. We owe special gratitude to all our previous laureates for their loyalty, we thank and congratulate this year’s laureates of the Karic Brothers Award, as they, as said by the founder of this award, will bring change to the Serbian history; they are our beacons in the world at large.
I congratulate you.