March 14, 2011

Have we forgotten our great men?

Couple of the members of the humanitarian organization Serbs for Serbs from Chicago started a road trip to New York City on Friday, 12 March 2011. Goals and motives for such a long trip was more than just promotions of the organization and meeting with supporters and members of the Serbs for Serbs of New York City, our main motive was a tribute to a great Serb, Ph.D., professor Michael Idvorsky Pupin, who died March 13, 1935 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York.  Click here for VIDEO


The length of this trip in one direction is about 850 miles(1350km) and passes through several U.S. states: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

From Chicago, we went around 3:30pm, after about 12 hours, we arrived at a little place in Pennsylvania and rented a motel to rest. (We came around 4:30am Saturday and stayed until 10am.)
After a little rest, we hit the road to Bronx, New York to find the grave of Pupin. After two hours we arrived at a Woodlawn cemetery and we found the grave of Michael Pupin and his wife.
Unfortunately ,there was no one else we saw that had come to pay homage to this great man. We cleaned dry leaves from the grave and lit church candles that we bought in a Chicago church for the souls of Michael and Sarah Pupin.

We were glad we were able to find the grave and pay homage to this man who came to America penniless and fast managed to become a professor at Columbia University, wrote a book and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1924, his scientific work fast became known all over the world, best known for his numerous patents, including a means of greatly extending the range of long-distance telephone communication by placing loading coils (of wire) at predetermined intervals along the transmitting wire (known as "pupinization"). He was the founder of several Serbian organizations in the USA. In 1911, Pupin became a consul of the Kingdom of Serbia in New York. In his speech to Congress on January 8, 1918, known as the Fourteen Points speech, U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, inspired by his conversations with Pupin, insisted on the restoration of Serbia and Montenegro, as well as autonomy for the peoples of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.


We left the cemetery with mixed feelings, pleased that we managed to find Pupin's grave after 850miles/1350 kilometers and also sad that no one but us has come to pay homage to Micheal Pupin . Serbia has a consulate located in New York, and the embassy in Washington, which is not far but none of the representatives of the Serbian state did not consider that it is necessary that a man like Professor Pupin was a worthy of annual memorial service.

After Bronx we were moving in the direction of Manhattan and we meet with the members and supporters of charity organization Serbs for Serbs from New York, after a joint lunch, we departed on a tour of Times Square, the Church of St. Sava, the Empire State building and one of the Serbian restaurants in New York called Kafana ...

... our journey ended as far as the New York part, we took the same route back to Chicago around 3am the new 850 miles/1350km, except for a few stops to get fuel and a bit to rest we didn't stop anywhere else. We arrived in Chicago around 5:30 on Sunday afternoon, tired from the trip but happy and satisfied with the accomplished and the contacts we made in NYC. Tomorrow is Monday and a new work day, some of us went straight to work (Sunday night)and rest will go Monday morning . We are glad that we could use a little of our free time so we can volunteer for a genuine cause in charity organization Serbs for Serbs ....

Do not forget your great people and help your children!
Children are our future!

Serbs for Serbs -USA



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