MINSK, 22 March (BelTA) – We should know the history of our country and preserve the historical truth, Archpriest of the All Saints Memorial-Church Fyodor Povny told journalists, BelTA has learned.
“We should know our history well and protect the historical truth – this is our past. However, there should be something that links centuries and millennia, yesterday, today, and tomorrow with the eternity. This is the spirit of our nation that comprises the spirit of every person. This is our historical memory and this memory should be truthful, undistorted, and not adjusted to anyone or anything. Here, in Belarus, we have never waged war against anybody, but we have always paid double for all such calamities. This is why we should be watchful, alert, and truly patriotic not in word, but in deed, in real life,” Fyodor Povny said.
According to him, the country's main treasure is people. “Not a controlled biomass, but educated and spiritually mature people with high moral values and principles. The more we think about people around ourselves and the common good, the stronger our society will be. In other words, no matter what we do, we should think about others and help other people and then our society will be strong. We should think about tomorrow, not calculating our personal gains, but thinking how to strengthen the family and raise children as responsible citizens and good people,” Fyodor Povny noted.
On 22 March, the All Saints Memorial-Church hosted a ceremony to sign a memorandum between public associations of Belarus that promote patriotism. The document was signed by the BRSM Youth Union, the Federation of Trade Unions, Belaya Rus, the Belarusian Women's Union, the Belarusian Public Association of Veterans, the Belarusian Peace Fund, Patriots of Belarus, the Belarusian Union of Officers, the Belarusian Union of Afghan War Veterans, and the Belarusian Committee of Youth Organizations.
In 2021, these organizations will implement projects to unite the Belarusian nation, to preserve and popularize Belarusian traditions, heritage, and historical memory, to promote respectful attitude to the state symbols, and to strengthen interdenominational peace and international concord.
The ceremony was held within the framework of the open dialogue “Belarus: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” that discusses such topics as preserving the truth about the Great patriotic War, thwarting attempts to distort its history, and aims to engage more Belarusians in a meaningful conversation.