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The day when the Serbian flag fluttered at the White House

On the fourth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, on July 28, 1918, the Serbian flag was fluttered at the White House and all public and state buildings in the United States by the order of then-American President Woodrow Wilson. This unique event has remained recorded as an unforgettable act by US President Wilson to Serbia, which in the Great War received the largest sacrifice – lost 26% of the population and experienced a precedent in the history of warfare when almost all of the people retreated from their homeland.

Although America was not directly linked to war in the Balkans, she was well aware of the war on this front. Therefore, when Prime Minister Nikola Pasic suggested sending a state mission to the United States with the goal of familiarizing the US government and the general public with the war tasks of Serbia, Washington quickly replied “that the US government will be happy to receive Serbia’s mission as its guest”.

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