MOGILEV, 9 May (BelTA) – The heroic deed committed by the Belarusian nation during the Great Patriotic War has become a priceless lesson of patriotism for every citizen. Chairman of the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee Anatoly Isachenko made the statement during a festive event held in Slavy Square in Mogilev on the occasion of Victory Day, BelTA has learned.
A rally took place in the square near the Eternal Fire. Top officials of the oblast administration and the city administration, representatives of worker collectives of organizations and enterprises, defense, security, and law enforcement agencies, public and veteran organizations, young Belarusians, and residents of the city laid flowers and wreaths at the Eternal Fire.
Anatoly Isachenko said: “For 78 years already Victory Day has been a symbol of unity of our nation and pride for the native land. It is a special day: the common history of the victory is shared by all. There is no doubt that the victorious year of 1945 has become a symbol of friendship and mutual aid for residents of our country and for our brotherly countries. During the war Belarus lost every third resident. Swamped in blood, burned by fire, the pillaged and semi-destroyed republic did not surrender and persistently fought back against the enemy. Belarusians died but did not surrender. As we recall events of the Great Patriotic War, we increasingly frequently talk about the heroism of soldiers at the front. And it is fair. Every day they looked death in eyes. Every day could be the last one for so many. The victory could not have been achieved without selfless labor of the Soviet people in the rear: they supplied the army with food, hardware, and ammunition. Day and night everyone worked. Children of the war, mothers, and grandmothers worked in the name of the victory to save the native land. The war went through every household, every family.”
Anatoly Isachenko stressed that Victory Day is a tribute of memory to the fallen sons of the country. They gave their lives for the sake of freedom, peaceful sky, and for the sake of everyone, who is alive today. After that all participants of the rally held a minute of silence in honor of those, who fell during the Great Patriotic War.
The Mogilev Oblast governor noted that the current situation in the world demonstrates how individual countries are trying to rewrite the history of the Victory. “Individual countries deliberately rewrite the history of the war. They have forgotten about honor and have betrayed their ancestors. It is our sacred duty to prevent a repeat of that dreadful tragedy that took millions of lives,” he said.
On behalf of all those present Anatoly Isachenko addressed veterans. “Years go by. Generations replace one another. But our gratitude to you, soldiers of the Victory remains unchanged. You went through complicated trials and won us the right to live in our native land and call ourselves people. You've demonstrated a priceless lesson of patriotism to us. We are the generation that sees veterans of the Great Patriotic War. We should thank them as long as they are alive, as long as they are still with us,” the official said.