The Day of Victory in the Great Patriotic War was celebrated in Pitelin.
On May 9, specialists from the central and children’s libraries held an action “Remember everyone by name” – they read out the names of participants in the Great Patriotic War.
At 10.00, the Immortal Regiment began its procession. The column includes school students, employees of enterprises and organizations, local authorities, members of the public and residents of the village. They proudly carried photos of their loved ones – war veterans, home front workers to the monument to the soldiers-liberators.
The procession was followed by a solemn rally. It was opened by the head of the district, Lyudmila Melekhina.
“For all of us, this is the dearest, most joyful holiday. This is our memory and pride, the history of our country, the history of every family. This is part of the memory that our ancestors passed on to us. It is they who have done so much for our Motherland that it cannot be appreciated and cannot be repaid in any way. They saved the lives of future generations. Today we pay a tribute of deep respect and gratitude to the entire generation of great heroes.”
Andrey Gavrilov, head of the district administration, addressed the audience:
“A people that does not remember history has no future. Twenty-seven million of our fellow citizens laid down their lives for our Motherland. Five thousand Pitelians went to the front. Two thousand six hundred did not return. Remember and be proud of our country, the victories of our people and honor the memory forever!
The rally was attended by Dmitry Ustinov, First Deputy Minister of the Fuel and Energy Complex and Housing and Communal Services of the Ryazan Region:
“These days we say words of gratitude to those people, those who fought, those who came from the war, we remember those who did not return. Every family has its heroes. And I want us to pass this memory on to our children and grandchildren.
Chairman of the Council of Veterans Alexander Shagaev spoke with words of congratulations and noted:
“We, the descendants, must remember that war, so that it does not happen again.”
The rally participants laid wreaths and flowers at the foot of the memorial. Archpriest Oleg Trofimov, Dean for the Pitelinsky District, performed a memorial service for the fallen soldiers. The participants of the rally honored the memory of compatriots who fell in battles with a minute of silence.
After everyone was invited to an impromptu “Sunny meadow”, where a field kitchen worked, and everyone was treated to soldier’s porridge and sang songs to the accordion.