MAY 9 - DAY OF THE VICTORY OVER NAZISM, DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND RECONCILIATION
This day, 60 years ago, the Great Patriotic war ended. All progressive mankind commemorate this day as the victory over Nazism and Fascism. The UN proclaimed May 8 and 9 as a Days of Remembrance and Reconciliation.
The Victory over Nazi Germany in World War II is a celebration of the power and dignity of our country, a day of sacred memory and pride for its people.
The holiday culminates in today's celebration in Moscow which attended by 56 heads of state, government and international organizations. This way they express their nations' gratitude to the peoples of Russia and other former Soviet republics, which suffered the heaviest losses and largely contributed to the defeat of the Nazi troops. Russian President Vladimir Putin says in his message that 27 million citizens of the former Soviet Union died in the war in what proved to be the bitter price former Soviet Union had to pay for the defeat of Nazism. Today we remember those who gave their lives for the Victory and consider ways to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again.
The Great Patriotic War, which was not just one of the numerous wars fought in the 20th century - it was the central event of the Second World War, which, in turn, was the central event of the 20th century. The end of the Second World War, the Soviet victory, and the victory of coalition countries made it possible to establish a lasting peace and reduce to minimum the possibility of new world wars. The Victory made it possible to build a new world order, which is still in place.
The memory of that war is absolutely scared. It continues to nurture the spirit of generations born after the war. It gives a special meaning to our contemporary peaceful life. It makes it possible for us to realise more deeply what true patriotism is. And that the unity of the people and their will to freedom are indestructible.
The Great Patriotic War teaches us to be at one in countering modern-day threats. It is only by pooling efforts that the world community can effectively resist terrorism, discrimination, national and religious intolerance, as well as any attempts to rehabilitate misanthropic ideas.
The world community can neutralize terrorism, just as once it wiped out Fascism, only through common effort, solidarity and mutual trust. The history of the Second World War and of world diplomacy is the best proof that politically different countries, professing different ideological beliefs, can pool efforts to neutralize a common global threat.
PRESS SERVICE OF THE EMBASSY
OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION