MOSCOW, October 26. / TASS /. A reunion of World War II veterans from allied countries began in Moscow on Tuesday. It brought together delegates from Russia, France and the United States.
In the Alexander Garden, at the foot of the Kremlin Wall, veterans laid flowers in front of the memorable Hero City Leningrad stele, the Eternal Flame and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On the list of other sites veterans must visit while touring Russia are Moscow’s Red Square, the Victory Museum, the Patriots’ Park, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the Archangel’s Cathedral. In St. Petersburg, veterans will attend a gala concert at the Hermitage Theater and visit the Leningrad Defense and Siege Museum and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. On October 29, a commemoration ceremony will be held at the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in honor of the defenders and residents of the city during the Nazi siege.
“We were nine in the family. Five died during the siege: my grandfather and my grandmother, my little sister and my brother and my mother. My father was killed on the front lines. First they sent me to an orphanage, then I was adopted by a working class family. I am a historian and such encounters are always important to me, “Leningrad siege survivor Sergey Sukhorukov told TASS.
French veteran Vifrid Maak said he was literally overflowing with emotion.
“This is my first trip to Russia. The way we were received and welcomed is amazing. Our emotions that we have today are overwhelming. Without the Soviet Union, this war could have lasted for many years. The contribution of the USSR was very important, “he told TASS.
American veteran Harold Radis also addressed the media recalling the historic role of the Soviet Union in World War II.
“It is such an honor to be here. It is an important moment in my life. I thank the Russians very much for helping us. They helped the United States by saving a lot of our troops. The Russians did it. paid dearly. They saved us and our lives, and for that I thank them, “Radish said.
The meeting of veterans is organized by the Foundation for the Promotion of Russian-French Historical Initiatives as part of a larger project dedicated to the defense of Leningrad. The foundation indicates on its website that the project is a tribute to the soldiers of the Red Army and the Russian civilian population, victims of the German invasion of 1941. The authorities in Saint Petersburg, the Russian National Guard, the ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Culture and the Union of Russian Veterans are supporting the project.