Sen. Mark Begich spent the weekend getting his Croat on.
The Alaska Democrat visited Croatia to address an international conference on Eastern European military and national security issues.
The only Senator of Croatian descent, Begich made his first visit to the land of his forefathers.
He planned to thank the government and the Croats for their international peace efforts.
“Croatia has made enormous progress since the war that devastated the region barely 15 years ago,” Begich said in a statement last week. “The nation is a great partner to the United States with its commitment to peace-keeping around the globe.”
Fun fact: Begich’s grandfather, John Begic, emigrated from Croatia in 1911. He passed through Ellis Island (where the “H” was tacked onto the end of his last name) and eventually settled in Minnesota.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.