Instead of the ex-President Kiro Gligorov, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, the monument was unveiled by the Academicians Cvetan Grozdanov and Tome Serafimovski, the Mayor of Ohrid Aleksandar Petreski and the sponsor Zoran Zelenikoski.
Macedonian businessman Zoran Zelenikoski, who provided 300.000 euros for covering the costs for creating the monument, said that he intended it as a bestowment to
"I've been living abroad for 15 years, however, I come home once a year. This donation is my way of expressing gratitude to my home country for everything it gave me", said Zelenikoski, who lives and works in
Metropolitans Timotej and Agatangel carried out the monument consecration ceremony, after performing a liturgy on the occasion of the Day of Sts Kliment and Pantelejmon in the monastery