MINSK, 28 January (BelTA) – The historical memory is a source of Belarusian values is, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he delivered the Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly in Minsk on 28 January, BelTA has learned.
"The source of our values is our historical memory. Over centuries our people have molded their spiritual and moral guidelines in the most difficult conditions, forged a true Belarusian identity. Today we talk more about the Great Patriotic War, but this does not mean that we should forget or reject other stages in the development of our statehood. During this year, we must return to this to show everyone, and especially our children and young people, who we are and where we come from, what we have gone through and how many human lives we have lost in the pursuit of our independence," he stressed.
It was the reason why the current year was declared the Year of Historical Memory, the head of state noted. It is full of significant dates and anniversaries related to history, science and culture.
"Look at how the history of the closest neighbors has been distorted. We see marches of thugs with fascist swastikas on the streets of the European capitals liberated by the Red Army. There Nazis are revered as heroes, torchlight processions are arranged in their honor, monuments to Soviet soldiers-liberators are demolished. Could we have imagined this a few decades ago?" the president asked rhetorically.