VOLOZHIN, 26 June (BelTA) – Almost 700 Great Patriotic War veterans of Minsk Oblast will receive medals marking the 75th anniversary of Belarus' liberation from Nazi invaders, Minsk Oblast Governor Anatoly Isachenko told journalists following an award ceremony of the Great Patriotic War veteran Vladimir Shablyko, BelTA has learned.
“We should be thankful to our veterans for winning the war and raising the country from the ruins. Today, we should ensure a good life for them. Unfortunately, only 692 war veterans are living in Minsk Oblast. We will award each of them an anniversary medal and try to help with anything they need,” Anatoly Isachenko said.
Military Commissar of the Military Commissariat of Minsk Oblast Igor Tarabesh said that a total of 2,500 people will be awarded medals in Minsk Oblast, including war veterans, concentration camps prisoners, and home front workers.
In Volozhin District, 60 participants of war including 14 war veterans will be awarded anniversary medals. One of them is Vladimir Shablyko who received a medal from the governor on 26 June.
Vladimir Shablyko was born on 14 February 1925 in Myadel District. When the war started, he helped his father who worked as a communication agent in a partisan unit. In 1944, he was enlisted and served in Vologda and Murmansk. He was in Finland when the war ended.
“The authorities offer to help but I can manage myself. I want to thank the president, regional and district officials for remembering the veterans,” Vladimir Shablyko said.
BelTA reported earlier that Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko instituted a medal to mark the 75th anniversary of Belarus' liberation from Nazi invaders. A brass medal pictures the Minsk Hero City Memorial and a sculpture of a woman symbolizing the Motherland.More about Society