LOGOISK DISTRICT, 23 September (BelTA) – It is necessary to take good care of one's own, necessary to instill love for the country and the motherland from childhood. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement while talking to reporters in the WW2 memorial complex Khatyn on 23 September, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “You and I are here today and are doing it. Did we have to invest considerable funds in order to take all of it [the reconstruction of the complex] to a higher level somehow? But we can see that all of it is falling apart. And it is necessary to put the memorial complex into order. What for? So that we could bring our children and grandchildren here. So that they would know our country's history and could know how many lives were sacrificed for it, how many innocent people died. So that they would appreciate it and keep it in their memory, translate it onto the country.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko stated that little effort was put into it in the past in the belief that things would work out of their own accord. The head of state stressed the importance of correct education of children from a young age. Among other things he reminded about problems using a small Minsk-based private school as an example. The school was mentioned during a recent meeting of the president with State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Aleksandr Volfovich. During the meeting the president gave instructions to cleanse the education system.
“We'd better spend money now on educating these extra [school students], who hang about in some private schools, instead of having to reeducate them later on. Because these things start in kindergartens and schools. It is necessary to use such examples. So many kids died here [in the village of Khatyn, Logoisk District, Minsk Oblast during World War Two]. What were they guilty of?! They wanted to live as much as we do. But they had to burn. What for? This is why it is necessary to take care of our own to avoid a fiery death in these barns. This is why it is necessary to preserve it instead of demolishing monuments like crazy people in neighboring countries do,” he stressed.
In particular, Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded that hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers died to liberate Poland, including many Belarusians. But now Polish authorities stomp all over their memory.