May 9 – Great Victory Day

DEAR VETERANS!
DEAR LENINGRAD RESIDENTS!

On May 9, we celebrate the most dear holiday to our hearts – Victory Day.

There is no family in our country where family stories related to the Great Patriotic War would not be passed down from generation to generation: how they learned about the beginning of the war, how they saw off fathers and brothers to the front, how they went to evacuation, froze and starved in besieged Leningrad how they survived the Nazi occupation, how they rejoiced when they learned about the Victory in the early morning of May 9.

Millions of these family stories are woven into one big Great story of war and victory.

The life of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers was forever divided into “before” and “after” the war. And for this happy post-war time to come, millions gave their lives. Today we honor their memory, bowing our heads in mournful silence.

76 years separate us from the Great Victory Day. The youngest participants in the war are already over ninety. We had great happiness – to be contemporaries of the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, to learn from them about the cost of the Victory.

Dear veterans! We are proud of you and endlessly thank you for the steadfastness and courage, optimism and fortitude that you have carried with dignity throughout your life, for the fact that you continue to set an example of great endurance and genuine patriotism to all of us.

Along with the participants of the Great Patriotic War, I want to bow deeply to the entire military generation on this day: home front workers, blockades, juvenile prisoners, children of war.

Low bow to all heroes for the immortal feat in the name of the Motherland.

Eternal memory to the fallen! Eternal glory to all defenders of the Fatherland!

Happy Holidays, dear Leningraders!

Happy Victory Day!

Governor of the Leningrad Region
Alexander DROZDENKO

DEAR RESIDENTS OF THE LENINGRAD REGION!
DEAR VETERANS!

Please accept my sincere congratulations on the 76th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War war!

Victory Day has been inscribed in gold in the annals of the Russian state for all time. It is a symbol of our national pride and unity, the most important spiritual value of our people. On this day, we pay tribute to the memory and respect for the immortal feat of front-line soldiers and home front workers, we honor everyone who defended the independence of our Motherland, who gave us a peaceful life.

The Leningrad Region made an outstanding contribution to the defeat of the fascist invaders. Residents of the region, together with the defenders of the Fatherland, built a defensive Luga line, held back the enemy on the Nevsky patch and the Oranienbaum bridgehead, went into mortal battle near Tikhvin, Volkhov, Lyuban. The brightest page of the Great Patriotic War was the defense of Leningrad.

Our common duty is not to allow this holiday to lose its true patriotic meaning, to remember the feat of those who brought Victory closer and then restored the country from ruins. I bow to you, dear veterans, for your faith in Victory, for your selfless work and love for the Motherland.

Last year was a jubilee and, despite the restrictions due to the pandemic, much was done both in terms of patriotic education and for veterans who had a particularly difficult time. Caring residents of the Leningrad region, together with volunteers, provided the necessary assistance to veterans in solving everyday issues, purchasing food and helping at home. This work continues today. The work watch of the search teams does not stop, due to which the names of the dead are restored, unknown pages of history are opened.

On this sacred day, I wish you all peace and good, joy and prosperity, love and harmony in the family. Happy Victory Day!

Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad Region
Sergey BEBENIN

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