A New Honor for Mirza Bijedic

Mirza… Student, Marine, American

Mirza Bijedic recently returned to St. Louis from a Tour of Duty in Iraq. But, this was not his first experience with war. After a violent childhood in war torn Bosnia, Mirza and his family escaped and relocated to the St. Louis because of its large Bosnian Community. After a successful high school he decided to join the Marines as a way to repay his country, “I felt this would be the right way to give something back to the community for taking my family and my countrymen and accepting them here”.

He was stationed at Abu Ghraib prison after the incidents of abuse but was quick to add, “A couple individuals in the military. They don’t represent the whole United States or the whole armed forces.”


This week Mirza and 80 others were honored with US Citizenship at a private ceremony at the St. Louis Court House.

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