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Serbian President Boris Tadic in Cultural Garden

Serbian President Boris Tadic
visits Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland
September 21, 2009

Serbian President Boris Tadic came to the United States to meet with other world leaders at the United Nations. Thanks to Alex Machaskee and others, President Tadic spent a few days in Cleveland, Ohio meeting with Ohio Governor Strickland, US Senator Voinovich and US Congressman Kucinich as well as members of the Serbian-American community.

Before leaving for New York, President Tadic visited the beautiful Serbian Cultural Gardens.

Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

The Serbian Garden looked beautiful and impressive.

Tree in Serbian Garden in Cleveland

Milan Damljanovic and his son do some last minute cleaning

Milan Damljanovic and his son do some last minute preparation



When President Tadic arrived, he greeted digniatries and supporters. Alex Machaskee then led President Tadic on a tour of the Cleveland Serbian Garden.

Serbian president Boris Tadic and Alex Machaskee enter the Serbian Garden

Serbian President Boris Tadic and Alex Machaskee
enter the Serbian Garden in Cleveland




Serbian president Boris Tadic arrives at the Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland and greets Mayor Frank Jackson and others

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson with Serbian president Boris Tadic

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson with
Serbian President Boris Tadic and others



The first stop on the Garden tour was the statue of famed inventor Nikola Tesla.

Alex Machaskee and Boris Tadic look at Tesla statue

Alex Machaskee shows president Boris Tadic the Tesla statue

Alex Machaskee and Boris Tadic

Nikola Tesla statue in Serbian garden in Cleveland

Nikola Tesla



Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest inventors in history.
Alex Machaskee shows the bust of Tesla to President Tadic.


The next stop was at the bust of King Peter I.

Serbian King Peter I

Tadic and Machaskee in front of King Peter I bust



The bust of King Peter 1

They then moved on to the bust of Serbian scientist Michael Pupin.

Michael Pupin bust at Cleveland Serbian Garden

Boris Tadic looks at Michael Pupin bust

Alex Machaskee, Mayor of Cleveland Frank Jackson,  President Boris Tadic and Dr. Branimir Simic-Glavaski

Alex Machaskee, Mayor of Cleveland Frank Jackson,
President Boris Tadic and Dr. Branimir Simic-Glavaski





Viewing the Michael Pupin statue

The next stop was at the bust of Petar Petrovic Njegos

Petar Petrovic Njegos

Serbian president Boris Tadic admires bust of Petar Petrovic Njegos

Serbian president Boris Tadic admires bust of Petar Petrovic Njegos



President Tadic visits a statue honoring Serbian bishop and poet Petar Petrovic Njegos

President Tadic visits a statue honoring Serbian bishop and poet Petar Petrovic Njegos

The tour came full circle as President Tadic and the group returned to the main area of the Serbian Garden to see the new icon of Saint Sava and greet the people.

The new iconic relief of Saint Sava is cast in pure bronze and enshrined in majestic black granite. It is now the focal point of the Serbian Garden's central plaza.

Saint Sava Seki Sava

Saint Sava (Sveti Sava)

Saint Sava Sveti Sava - Serbian Garden in Cleveland

Alex Machaskee and Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic in front of Saint Sava.

Alex Machaskee and Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic

Alex Strmac and Sveti Sava

Alex Strmac

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Serbian President Boris Tadic, granite artist Marko Dimitrijevic and Alex Machaskee

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Serbian President Boris Tadic, granite artist Marko Dimitrijevic and Alex Machaskee

Only Unity Saves the Serbs

Only Unity Saves the Serbs

Only Unity Saves the Serbs

In addition to being the patron saint of the Serbian people, Saint Sava (Sveti Sava) was also a dominant contributor to the education, democratic reform and culturing of Serbian society in the Twelfth century. His contributions to the advancement of the Serbian people reached far beyond his significant guidance of their spiritual growth.

Marko Dimitrijevic

Marko Dimitrijevic


Marko Dimitrijevic of Euro Stone and Tile Inc. did the granite work on the icon.



Serbian Forgotten 500 veteran

Cleveland Serbian-Americans Vladah Vasiljevich and Mr. and Mrs. Miodrag Bumbich

Boris Tadic, Alex Machaskee and Reverend Mile Matic

Boris Tadic, Alex Machaskee and Reverend Mile Matic

Serbian president Boris Tadic and supporters

Serbian president Boris Tadic and supporters

Serbian president Boris Tadic and supporters

Serbian president Boris Tadic and supporters

Serbian president Boris Tadic and Reverend Zivojin Jakovljevic

Serbian president Boris Tadic and Reverend Zivojin Jakovljevic

Vladah Vasiljevich, Jovo Batkovic, Serbian president Boris Tadic and Miodrag Bumbich

Vladah Vasiljevich, Jovo Batkovic, Serbian president Boris Tadic and Miodrag Bumbich

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Alex Machaskee in front of Saint Sava

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Alex Machaskee

Serbian president Boris Tadic and supporters



President Tadic views the new icon in the Serbian Garden honoring Saint Sava, and greets Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and others before leaving






See more of the Serbian Cultural Garden and statues of Nikola Tesla, Petar Petrovic Njegos, Michael Pupin, King Peter 1 and more in the Serbian Cultural Garden


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