VITEBSK, 9 May (BelTA) – Events of past years force people to make conclusions and learn lessons. Chairman of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee Aleksandr Subbotin made the statement during a rally held near the monument to Soviet soldiers, partisans, and underground resistance fighters in Pobedy Square in Vitebsk, BelTA has learned.
The Vitebsk Oblast governor underlined that Belarusians celebrate the 78th anniversary of the Soviet nation's Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 with pride. This holiday is near and dear for every family. It is truly nationwide celebration full of sorrow and warmth. On Victory Day Belarusians recall those, who are no longer around. They honor friends and family members, who survived those dreadful years, the governor noted.
Aleksandr Subbotin said: “The liberation fight against invaders, under whose boots our land was ablaze, was truly nationwide. The unbeatable resolve to repulse the aggression was the answer to the Nazi invasion. The Soviet nation kept harassing the enemy day and night and kept pushing it out of our territory step by step.”
The official reminded that villages like Khatyn where the Nazi burned all the residents alive can be found in every corner of the northernmost oblast of Belarus. Those are Vishenki in Chashniki District, Shunevka in Dokshitsy District and many other ones, which can no longer be found on geographical maps. “They were razed to the ground together with their residents,” the head of the Vitebsk Oblast administration continued. “It is scary to understand how many new lives did not see the light, how many kids did not grow up, how many destinies were cut short due to crazy ideas and bloodthirsty cruelty of the genocide policy. The sorrowful silence of these and other memorable places has preserved for years the cry of children, shouts of mothers, moans of those dying of bullet wounds. It has also kept the sorrow and sadness of the fallen as a stark reminder for the descendants.”
History makes people make conclusions and learn lessons, Aleksandr Subbotin added. The official remarked that neo-Nazism is rearing its head in the world today. Attempts to rewrite history, whitewash criminals, and enforce false heroes upon young people cause only pain. “Have no doubt that we will not give away our Great Victory to anyone. It is a matter of honor of the current generation,” he assured.
Today hundreds of people came to Belarus' largest square – Pobedy Square in Vitebsk. Representatives of the oblast administration and the city administration, worker collectives, participants of the war, former underage prisoners as well as school students and university students came to honor memory of Soviet soldiers and celebrate the great holiday together.
Entertainment programs and festive musical programs have been organized for Vitebsk residents and guests on Victory Day. This year the main schedule includes a large number of concerts and rallies. Interactive platforms have been opened virtually since early morning in addition to an exhibition of military hardware in Pobedy Square. Amusement rides for families with kids are available nearby.