The Macedonian National Anthem
Sajkoski, Kovacheski, Andov, Dereban
The 2001 Program on marking Anniversaries of Important Events and People, adopted by the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, at the session held on 29 August 2001, as a program determination marks the 60th Anniversary of Today Above Macedonia, the National Anthem of theRepublic. The Commettee on Marking Anniversaries of Important Events and People in the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, tookactive participation at the realization of this program determination and at the same time was a patron of this jubilee, together with the Working Body on Preparing the Celebration of the Jubilee of Struga, established with a decision of the Mayor of Struga. The marking took place on 22 December 2001, in Struga, since the author and the first performance of the Anthem were in Struga and gave it, in this way a special importance as well, both from a historical and cultural point, to the development of the Republic of Macedonia.
On the basis of Article 75, paragraphs 1 and 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia, the President of the Republic of Macedonia and the President of Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia issued a Decree on Proclaiming the Law on the National Anthem of the Republic of Macedonia, adopted at a session of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, on 11 August 1992.
The celebration of the jubilee was held on 22 December 2001 and commenced with laying flowers on the monument of Vlado Maleski (Struga, 1919-1984), a prominent Macedonian narrator and novelist and member of the first Macedonian generation of writers.
The life opus of Vlado Maleski is qiute remarkable, both on the societal-political stage and the creation of the statehood of the Republic of Macedonia and on literal plan. He also has a prominent place in the history and the statehood of the Republic of Macedonia as a fighter and as an artist. When he was asked how much his biography is connected to his literary work he answered: "Of course the war, the revolution. This period of my life has left a life lasting mark in me, and that's why, so far, it is the only theme in the prose I have written".
He is the author of Today Above Macedonia, the Macedonian National Anthem. The first performance of the song was at the celebration of the new 1942, in the centre of Struga, at the house of Sotir Suta, where Vlado Maleski, playing the guitar, sang the solemn song, which was accepted by the young people present there and was carried on to other people and stayed in their hearts as a solemn song and later as National Anthem of the Republic of Macedonia. On behalf of the Veteran's Federation of Struga, the President Ilija Balkoski addressed at the monument.
Stojan Kovacevski, Member of the Parliament of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia from the region of Struga, addressed in front the house od Sotir Suta, the place where the National Anthem was performed for the first time.
On the occasion of the 60th Jubilee, several live witnesses of the first performance of the solemn song Today Above Macedonia evoked their memories at the round table - memories About the historical event. Ace Sajkovski, member of Parliament, also spoke about the Anthem, as gennuine reflection of the past, present and future of Macedonia.
Romeo Dereban, the Mayor of Struga, also spoken at the meeting, saying that this historical event gave the city a historical meaning as corner-stone of the statehood and cultural development of the Republic of Macedonia, who has reflected on the historical facts and the event, since with the jubilee the role of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia as a legislative dome is celebrated, with the adoption of the Law on the Anthem, from the aspect of its importance as a state symbol of the Republic of Macedonia.
The Orchestra and the Chorus of the Macedonian Opera, orchestrated by the conductor Oliver Balaburski, participated in the cultural and art program and intonated the Anthem and fragments from the Nabucco, Troubadour and Aida, operas from Giusepe Verdi, which have incited the sense for the Anthem, as one of the national marks of the statehood, the integrity and souvereignty of the Republic of Macedonia.