The head of state emphasized that the traditional ceremony of presenting state awards and general's shoulder straps acquires a special significance in the Year of People's Unity. “No matter how pompous it may sound, for me you represent the vanguard of the forces of good and creation, you are creative people, and most importantly – you are focused on achieving results. This is very important. After all, a nation that cares about tomorrow can pull together and develop successfully only on the back of positive ideas and deeds. Each of you works to the benefit of our Fatherland and people. Your work makes our country stronger and more beautiful,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.