MINSK, 2 July (BelTA) – The day of the liberation of Minsk is the second birthday of the Belarusian nation, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting in the run-up to Independence Day in Minsk on 2 July, BelTA has learned.
“For us, freedom is synonymous with the verb “to live”. The day of Minsk's Liberation is the second birthday of the Belarusian nation, which was doomed to destruction but survived and saved Europe from fascism together with the brotherly Soviet peoples,” the head of state said.
According to him, that is why 3 July, Independence Day, is celebrated as a major national holiday in Belarus. “There is no other date in our history which the people would so heartily accept. It is so much personal, close and understandable to all the Belarusians. Caring, almost sacred attitude to the memory of that war has become a part of the family tradition for each of us,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.