Congressman Francis Xavier „Frank“ McCloskey from Bloomigton (U.S. State of Indiana) (1939-2003) was a six term Democratic representative in the U.S. Congress will be always remembered as an honest and true friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was the Democratic nominee for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1970. He was first elected in 1983 and was a determined advocate for peace and justice. Also, Mr. McCloskey critiqued the Clinton Administration during the Bosnian War and expressed outrage over the barbaric treatment of innocent Bosnian, specifically Bosniak, people. He warned Congress of the emergence of genocide, that the Serb para-military leaders indeed committed. In 1994, a Republican opponent criticized McCloskey for being more concerned about Bosnia than his district, ignoring the fact that Congressman McCloskey embraced humanity and advocated to preserve justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Frank McCloskey worked as a reporter for The Indianapolis Star, the Bloomington Herald-Telephone, and the City News Bureau of Chicago. Mr. McCloskey has been working hardly and tirelessly to end the last war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The bridge which cross the Miljacka River in Otoka (Sarajevo) and continue toward The Bulevar Meše Selimovića and Prijedorska Street (which runs past the Otoka Merkur Shopping Center) was named after The Congressman McCloskey in 2010. This bridge is also known as The Otoka Bridge. It was built in 1974 as The Traser Project. The interesting fact about The Otoka Bridge is that this project bureau also built the bridge on Topal Osman Paša Street which joining two Sarajevo’s neighborhoods-Socijalno and Grbavica.
Congressman McCloskey did his utmost to preserve justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. What mattered to Mr. McCloskey was not the election process but the fact that he was doing the right thing, speaking out when no one else would and no one was listening. Eventually, Frank kept speaking long enough and loudly enough, and the world realized that it could no longer ignore the gross injustice in Bosnia. That is Frank’s legacy. His strenght and dedication for Bosnia and Herezgovina and all the people was incredible. He was our voice toward the outside world. That he spoke out and stood up for the right thing when very, very few people did. His continuosly support was just endless as well as dedication to peace and human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We should always admire to those great people and we should always honor the remembrance of Congressman Frank McCloskey.
Congressman Frank McCloskey has passed away on November 2nd, 2003.