MINSK, 17 September (BelTA) – The eastern part and the western part of Belarus were reunited on 17 September 1939. The date has lived and will live in the heart and memory of the Belarusian nation. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during the patriotic forum Symbol of Unity held in Minsk Arena on 17 September to mark People's Unity Day, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Here is my address to you, to our Belarusian nation. I would like to congratulate you on the new state holiday, which will occupy a place in our modern history as worthy as Victory Day and Independence Day. But I'll emphasize once again: we would have neither Victory Day nor Independence Day without this reunion. We would not have existed. Because there would have been no land where our forefathers were born and no land they worked on. The date of 17 September has lived and will live in the heart and memory of the Belarusian nation.”
“We, citizens of the modern independent country of Belarus, know that we are forever united by the original fate of various generations of Belarusians, who have lived on this land for a thousand years. On this Belarusian land you and I call dear,” the head of state added.