The unity of Belarusians, the nation's desire to live in peace and accord in its own land stem from the Great Victory. Chairman of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee Vladimir Karanik made the statement during a solemn rally held on the occasion of Victory Day, BelTA has learned.
Vladimir Karanik said: “The great holiday has brought us together once again. Victory Day is so distant and yet so close… Distant in time but close to the heart of everyone. It continues uniting all of all. May 1945 returns to us in parade marches and melodies of military songs. It blazes with the color of banners and blossoming flowers. It is reflected in the splendor of awards and tears of veterans. It scatters in children's laughter and fires of festive fireworks.”
The official reminded Belarusians do not look into the sky in fear and do not shudder when they hear unexpected din. “But it was not always like this. The Great Patriotic War is 1,418 days of the fight between good and evil, light and darkness, life and death. It is 1,418 days of horrors, pain, deprivations, and fear. It is 1,418 days of trials of the strength of spirit, faith, and will,” Vladimir Karanik stressed. “The generation of fiery years survived them with honor. In battlefields and in work the best traits of the national character revealed themselves – the highest degree of patriotism, courage, tenacity, and valor. For the sake of the long-awaited moment when millions of people shouted with joy the long-awaited and magnificent word – Victory!”
“The red banner that was raised above the Reichstag building became a symbol of victory over fascism. The Soviet nation did not only stop the brown plague that had left ruins and ashes in its wake. Within an unbelievably short period of time the nation worked as one to rebuild the republic. By demonstrating outstanding feats of labor, the people laid the foundation for building and developing strong and prosperous Belarus,” Vladimir Karanik said. “Today we live in a beautiful, comfortable, and well-tended country. Only communal graves and military obelisks remind us of the past war. But we have not forgotten the price of our freedom and independence. In our hearts lives the pain of loss of millions of compatriots as well as mother's tears, widow's loneliness, and orphan's sorrow.”
“Some may have forgotten but we remember! And we will do everything to preserve and pass to descendants the historic truth and memory of the heroic deed of the Belarusian nation. The Great Victory in the holy war determined our fate. Our unity, the desire to live in peace and accord in our god-blessed land stem from it. I am convinced that the heroic deed of the Soviet people will forever stay immortal, the gratitude to winners will be immeasurable, and the memory will be everlasting,” Vladimir Karanik concluded.