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Belarus to commemorate Khatyn victims on 22 March

Society 21.03.2019 | 18:20
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MINSK, 21 March (BelTA) – The Remembrance Day to mark the 76th anniversary of the Khatyn tragedy will take place in the Khatyn Memorial on 22 March. The event will start at 11:00, BelTA has learned.

The event will bring together the authors of the monument, witnesses to the tragedy, Great Patriotic War veterans, historians, students of Polotsk Cadet School, representatives of the executive and legislative authorities, government and public organizations.

The program of the event will include a commemorative meeting and a performance by students of the Minsk State Art College and the Okolovo secondary school, Logoisk District. The participants will commemorate the Khatyn victims with a minute of silence.

The Remembrance Day will continue a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Khatyn Memorial and the Mound of Glory Memorial, the Minsk regional administration noted.

On 22 March, Belarus marks the 76th anniversary of the Khatyn tragedy when the German invaders burned down this Belarusian village. They burned or shot almost all the villagers: 149 people, including 75 children. After the war, a memorial was built on the site of the former village to commemorate hundreds of destroyed villages in Belarus, to remind of countless victims, of suffering and courage of the Belarusian nation in the Great Patriotic War.

The Khatyn Memorial was opened on 5 July 1969 and has drawn 37 million visitors since then.

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