MINSK, 8 May (BelTA) - The national emblem and flag embody the sovereignty and national unity of Belarus, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the ceremony to honor Belarusian national symbols in Minsk on 8 May, BelTA has learned.
“The format of today's event does not envisage any departure from officialdom. Yet, I will allow myself to say a few unofficial words. Why are we holding this landmark event today at the presidential level? The answer is simple: we have lived through the year 2020. We have seen different colors, different banners in that period. On the one hand, it is bad, on the other hand, it is good that we saw those banners and, most importantly, those who were behind those banners,” said the head of state, opening the ceremony.
He also recalled the recent referendum, during which the amendments to the Constitution were adopted. “The emblem and the flag are an integral part of this Constitution. Therefore, today is a significant day, a special day, which gives start to a new breath, a good tradition, which is born in the depths of our new history,” the Belarusian leader stressed. “The symbols that represent our sovereignty and national unity are in front of us.”
According to the president, these symbols were born in the depths of people's culture in an era of global upheaval and the breakdown of the world order. Generations of people were born and raised with these symbols, bound by historical memory, which even today, at the most critical times, helps the nation to continue the chosen path, overcome challenges and obstacles, the president said. “The same was in the 1990s when the Belarusians rejected the attempts to adjust their way of life to the Western European standards, kept true to traditions, preserved the national wealth: domestic enterprises, land, as well as the right to social justice. The same was in 2020 when we did not let history repeat itself by defending our choice, our values, our flag and anthem,” he said.