A day after returning from a two-week vacation occasioned by swine flu hysteria, our school cut classes short so everyone could attend a ceremony remembering the heroes of a famous local battle in the Serbo-Bulgarian War. From an outsider’s perspective, what was most interesting was the lack of precision of the Bulgarian armed forces which attended the ceremony. The lines were crooked, shoulders were slouched, and instruments were rested on the ground. Not exactly what you’d expect from an army which purportedly is the only armed force in the world to have never lost a flag. Of course, an ability to march and stand in line says nothing about fighting ability.
Here are some images from the ceremony, which took place in the town center.