On January 11th, 1878, the Serbian flag was placed on the wall of Nis fortress after nearly five hundred years. After centuries of slavery freedom has come. Todor Stankovic, a member of the secret committee for liberation, was the one who placed the Serbian Flag over Stambol Gate. At that time, 120 Serbian soldiers were killed and 791 were wounded in the fighting for Nis. In his address on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the liberation of Nis Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic said that the liberator of our city, Prince Milan Obrenovic, exclaimed in front of the fortress on that day: “This flag is a sign for us that every citizen, regardless of his religion, can count on the protection from Prince. I salute you as an advocate of justice, as a defendor of freedom for all citizens, for all confessions.” The Mayor also emphasized that the only real freedom was the one that was free of hatred and prejudice towards others. On the occasion of this important historical event for the City of Nis, a formal session of the Assembly of the City was held, on the occasion of which the highest awards of the city were awarded. Nis City Mayor Darko Bulatovic and the President of the City Assembly Rade Rajkovic, presented the awards to this year’s laureates. Previously, the highest officials of the City of Nis laid their wreaths on the monument to the liberators in the center of the city.