A rally in memory of the perished soldiers has been held today in the capital of the Donetsk People's Republic at the foot of the monument To Your Liberators, Donbass. The event was held in honour of the White Cranes Day.
Despite the rain, about two thousand of the Donbass residents gathered at the rally. Among them there were veterans of the Great Patriotic War and the conflict in Afghanistan, servicemen of the Donetsk People's Republic, and representatives of the authorities, including the acting head of the city administration of Donetsk Alexei Kulemzin and the DPR Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov.
"Despite the bad weather, people have come to the memorial today to commemorate the fallen soldiers. And no matter how the Ukrainian government tried to rewrite our history and forget the exploits of our fathers and grandfathers, we honour and remember all the heroes. Only this gives us the right to live, the right to walk through life with a proud head," said Kononov, addressing the audience.
The gathering honoured the deceased soldiers with a minute of silence and laying flowers. The rally culmination was the launch of a wedge of eight white cranes into the sky. In addition, all those present could attach paper cranes to a special banner with the inscription: International White Cranes Day, dedicated to the memory of the perished soldiers." Soloists and creative teams of the Republic performed patriotic songs at the rally.
"Today is a special day. Today we are commemorating all the soldiers and officers who died in the years of different wars and armed conflicts. Our countrymen are now taking up arms, going to the front to fulfil their military duty. The worst thing is that our best sons and daughters perish in this war. We remember our heroes, no one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten and it will forever be so," Kulemzin said in his turn.
It is worth adding that the Day of the White Cranes was established by Rasul Gamzatov, a Dagestan poet, the author of the poem "Cranes", as a holiday of spirituality and poetry, and also as a bright memory of those who had perished on the battlefields in all wars. In recent years, the White Cranes Day has been held in many cities of Russia. The gathered commemorate the fallen soldiers, who are compared to the wedge of flying cranes. Within the framework of the Humanitarian Programme for the Reunification of the Donbass people, residents of the whole region were invited to Donetsk.
DONi News Agency