Celebration of Slovenian National Day and Armed Forces Day at the Embassy in Washington
On Thursday, 20 June 2019, the Slovenian Embassy in Washington with the Ambassador Stanislav Vidovič and the Defense Attaché Colonel Mojca Pešec hosted a reception to mark National Day and Armed Forces Day. The guest of honor at the event was the Congressman of the Slovene heritage Paul Gosar.
The event was attended by over 250 guests, including representatives of the National Security Council, the State Department, Pentagon, and other branches of the US Administration, representatives of prominent think-tanks, members of NGOs, ambassadors, defense attaches and other members of the diplomatic corps as well Slovenian community local to Washington DC.
After the Slovenian and American anthems, the gathered guests were first welcomed by Colonel Mojca Pešec, who presented the Slovene Army's activities in international operations and stressed the importance of cooperation with the National Guard of Colorado, which was represented by General Gregory T. White.
Ambassador Vidovič followed and emphasized the path of Slovenia from the struggle for an independent state almost three decades ago until present, when our country is firmly established in the international community as a responsible and credible member of the UN, the EU, NATO and other international organizations. He also highlighted excellent bilateral relations with the United States and stressed that the establishment of the Friendship Groups with Slovenia in the Senate and in the House of Representatives of the US Congress will give an additional impetus in this regard. He also highlighted the strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries, as well as the importance of joint participation in international organizations and the advocacy and defense of common values.
On behalf of the United States, the guests were greeted by American Congressman Paul A. Gosar of Arizona. Congressman Gosar, who is of the Slovenian descent, also pointed out the excellent relations between the two countries and expressed the belief that relations will continue to strengthen and develop after the founding of the Congressional caucus of friends of Slovenia. He also mentioned his successful visit of Slovenia in April this year, where he, together with President Borut Pahor, attended the traditional ceremony of "The Day of Slovenian-American Friendship and Alliance" in Andraž nad Polzelo.
At the invitation of Ambassador Vidovič, the Congressman Gosar graciously accepted the patronage of the Slovenian lime (linden) tree, which was planted in the Embassy's garden. The lime tree came from Slovenia and has spent two years in quarantine.
Ambassador Vidovič also opened an exhibition by Slovenian painter Vojko Gasperut - Gašper entitled "the Slovenian Land". It is a series of exceptional oil paintings, mostly depicting Karst and coastal landscapes, where the internationally renowned artist lives and works. With a rich color palette and pure and lively expressions of unspoiled nature and beautiful architecture on canvases, the artist's love for the Slovenian soil shines through his amazing works. The exhibition, which was first shown in the USA in May in New York, will be on display for the visitors and the American public at the Slovenian Embassy in Washington until the end of fall 2019.