Photo: Celebration of 142 years of the birth of Goce Delchev

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Priests of the Skopje Diocese of MOC – OA today held a memorial service to mark 142 years since the birth of Goce Delchev (1872-1903) in the courtyard of the church “St. Spas” in Skopje, the eternal home of the revolutionary ideologue.

Flowers and wreaths were laid before the sarcophagus of Goce by Parliament and Government delegations, the President of the Republic of Macedonia, the Macedonian Army, the Veterans Association, MANU, City of Skopje, the Parliaments of Delchevo, Tetovo, Struga, Bitola and Debar, House of expatriates, representatives of political parties, NGOs, municipalities and other local institutions.

Delegations bowed before the monuments of Goce Delchev on the square “Macedonia” and in the City Park.

The urban mixed choir “Vardar” performed on the celebration of the birthday of Goce Delchev, but also in honor of all the fighters for national liberation of the Macedonian people.

Goce Delchev, visionary who over a century ago understood the world as a field for cultural competition among nations, was born on this day in 1872 in Kilkis, by the family of Sultana and Nikola.

He was educated at the High School of Thessaloniki and the Military Academy in Sofia. He taught in Stip, and as a member of the Central Committee of TMORO was working on creating a network of bases, committees and committee groups of the Organization.

He participated in the Thessaloniki Congress of VMRO (1896), and was representative of VMRO in Sofia by 1901. Delchev was killed by the Turkish army on May 4, 1903 in the village of Banica.

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