QMKSH enriched the celebrations of the 100 Anniversary of the Independence with three exhibition of rare flags. In both of Albanian capitals and in Vlora, visitors had the opportunity to admire the amazing collections of QMKSH. In the National Historical Museum in Tirana from 13 till 17 November over 16000 visitors made this event the center of the focus. The participation of the Spicer of the Assembly Ms. Jozefina Topalli and the Minister of Culture Mr. Aldo Bumçi in the opening ceremony proved the reliability of this event for the celebrations of the 100 anniversary of the Albanian State.
In Pristine the exhibition took all the attention of the press and public. Many intellectual people and known researcher of Kosovo were participated from 18 till 23 November. In the ceremony of the opening were present the director of the culture at the Ministry of Culture in Kosovo, Mr. Kamuran Goranzi, Mr. Shyqiri Nimani , representatives of the Albanian Embassy in Kosovo, and many personalities of the culture and literature of Kosovo.
From 24 till 28 November the exhibition was in the “city of flag”, Vlora but also in the focus of the press and public. A warm atmosphere of Albanian people to show with proud their nationality and flag was completed very well by QMKSH. With an old passion and commitment through 30 years in studying and collecting Albanian Flag, Mr. Shpëtim Sala, Honorary President of QMKSH had to much to offer for the public of Vlora.
“I would like to stress that the accomplishment of this exhibition is a result of what the collectors in a democratic society can realize.
The ancient history of Albanian nation is accompanied by the symbol of the eagle, of this bird of space, power and freedom. The nation hero Gjergj Kastrioti, leaded, won and triumphed in numerous battles against the ottomans invaders, holding in the forefront of the Albanian warriors the red flag with the black double-headed eagle, that was became the symbol of the honor bravery and freedom. Thousand Albanian warriors, who died in the century wars for freedom, were honored and covered with the black-red flag.
In four centuries of the ottoman slavery the black-red flag with the double-headed eagle survived five centuries of rule. It has lived in the culture of Albanians, inherited generation after generation in stories, tales, legends and myths, graven in the child cradle, in front of fire-places, in vests of men and women, on carpets, in the arks where brides have kept their clothes, in the weapons, and above all graven to be not quenched in the consequence of the Albanian nation.”