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21 June 2024, 18:38

200 schoolchildren from eight countries. Memory Train arrives in Brest

BREST, 21 June (BelTA) - The Memory Train carrying 200 schoolchildren from 8 countries arrived in Brest on 21 June BelTA has learned.

In 2024, the project brought together schoolchildren from Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. at Brest-Tsentralny railway station, they were met by peers from Belarus. In Brest, the kids will have a packed program, including a visit to the unique traveling exhibition The Victory Train.

Deputy Governor of Brest Oblast Vadim Kravchuk welcomed the teenagers. "We are happy to welcome you to Brest Oblast. The memory Train is gaining momentum. This year we are hosting the children from eight countries. We have prepared the program that will take you to the landmark of our region. You will visit Brest Fortress, see museum expositions, tour sports facilities, go to Belovezhskaya Pushcha and, of course, taste Brest ice cream," Vadim Kravchuk said. He wished the participants a good mood, many smiles and impressions.

Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly Konstantin Kosachev addressed the participants of the project and expressed confidence that all the children will find 199 new friends by the end of the trip. "Yesterday we departed from Belorussky railway station, which was also very symbolic. 145 project participants from 7 countries boarded the train. I understand that each of you has already been able to find at least 6 new friends, if we speak about the night trip, which featured participants from 7 countries," Konstantin Kosachev emphasized.

Luiza Simonyan from Yerevan learned about the project from the director of her school. He recommended that she write an essay and apply. "I didn't really hope to win, but when they called me and said that I passed, I was very happy. It is very pleasant and joyful to be part of something so large and beautiful. When I saw the first guys from Armenia and other countries, I wanted to get to know them as soon as possible. I want to explore Brest and see Brest Fortress," Luiza Simonyan added.

Sevinch Nigmatova from Uzbekistan was told about the project by her choreographer. "I won a spot on this project for being the best at the dance Olympiad. Most of all, I want to see historical sites and learn about the history of World War II. I have already made friends from Russia, Armenia and Tajikistan," Sevinch Nigmatova said.
Evgeny Zenko, a participant from the town of Kalinkovichi, Gomel Oblast of Belarus, admitted that he really wants to meet participants from other countries. "I learned about this project from my history teacher, as she participated in it as a curator. I wrote an essay in Belarusian, where I told the story of the genocide and the partisan movement in my district. I can't single out the most interesting city, because no history can be ignored and you want to see everything with your own eyes," Evgeny Zenko added.

The international project will be launched in Brest Fortress tonight. At night, passengers of the Memory Train will take part in a commemorative rally to mark the Day of National Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War and the Genocide of the Belarusian People, and at dawn they will watch a large-scale military-historical re-enactment event "22 June. Brest Fortress."
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