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22 June 2022, 15:46

Lukashenko makes donation for new war monument project

MINSK, 22 June (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and his family donated coins for the project to set up a memorial sign "A Living Memory of Grateful Generations" spearheaded by public figure, Paralympian Aleksei Talay, BelTA has learned.

On behalf of the head of state the coins were handed over by Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Lutsky.

As BelTA has reported, more than 130,000 coins have already been donated by families from all over Belarus to set up the memorial sign "A Living Memory of Grateful Generations".

"In the Year of Historical Memory, the people rallied together. We decided to create a truly people's monument. People unite today in the name of love, goodness and justice, our great grandfathers and great-grandfathers, who defended their right to live on the planet Earth. Together with our president, we will implement the most ambitious plans," Aleksei Talay said.

He said that important parts of the memorial sign are being cast using the collected coins exactly on 22 June as Belarus marks the National Remembrance Day of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War and the Genocide of the Belarusian People. The monument is to be unveiled in the Victory Park on 2 July in the run-up to Independence Day. The Belarusian head of state has been invited to attend the dedication ceremony.

In February 2021, Aleksei Talay Foundation launched the project “Children of Belarus to Veterans and Future Generations” together with the Education Ministry, the Culture Ministry, the Labor and Social Security Ministry, and the Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War. One of the main events of the project is to install monuments “A Living Memory of Grateful Generations” in Minsk, Brest and Moscow. The main idea of the project is to bring together people of various generations.

The coins donated by Belarusian families are used to make the monument.

The conceptual idea behind the monument is to show ‘frozen time'. It features two components: a petrified war letter representing a tribute to the past, and a bronze tree as a symbol of life and longevity. The memorial will be placed in the Victory Park in Minsk. The memorial will be erected on 27 June 2022.

The coins will be melted to make a tree trunk and ingots, which will be kept in the Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk. They will be later used to make monuments in Moscow (9 May 2023) and Brest (28 July 2023).

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