MINSK, 2 July (BelTA) - 3 July, a sacred date for the Belarusians, is a national symbol of the people's unity and victory in the fight for their freedom, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting in the run-up to Independence Day in Minsk on 2 July, BelTA has learned.
“3 July, a sacred date for the Belarusians, is a national symbol of the people's unity and victory in the fight for their freedom. The victory, which was the crowning achievement of the centuries-old history of our native land. The land, on which our ancestors built the first cities and churches 12 centuries ago,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The head of state noted that in ancient times the Belarusian people had many names: Krivichi, Dregovichi, Radimichi. “They were united by one faith – the faith in truth and justice; one aspiration to cherish traditions and protect their homes and families; one love for the Motherland, the land where Belarusians were born and became a nation,” the president said.