Celebration marking the International day of Mountain Soldiers

On Friday 24 May, a celebration was held at Defense center in Poljče to mark the International Day of Mountain Soldiers. On that day in 1985, the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers (IFMS) was founded in Mittenwald, Germany. General Albin Gutman president of the Slovene officers assocciation began his ceremonial speech by expressing his congratulations to the ‘grey berets’ (mountain soldiers) and emphasizing the values of mountain soldiers.

Although pervaded by a ceremonial atmosphere, the meeting, as usual, also provided an opportunity to cover expert topics. Mrs Marjeta Keršič Svetel gave an interesting and remarkable lecture on historical view and her personal relationship towards mountains. BG (Retired) Janez Kavar introduced  the historical background of the various mountain battles with special attention to the attendance of Slovenian soldiers in mountain units.

The ceremony, which included the performance of the mountain soldier choir Gorščaki, was organized by the Slovenian Organisation of Mountain Soldiers and Multinational Centre of Excellence for Mountain Warfare.