Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Putin on parade on Defender of the Fatherland Day (photos, video)


This year, too, Russia traditionally celebrates Defender of the Fatherland Day.

This holiday has been officially celebrated since 1922, when it was called Red Army Day. Later, February 23 every year is celebrated in the USSR as a national holiday – the Day of the Soviet Army and Navy. It was only after the collapse of the Soviet Union that it was renamed Defender of the Fatherland Day.

On this day, festive events are held throughout the country, and in the evening many cities are filled with military salutes.

In the capital, Moscow, it is marked by laying wreaths and flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial complex near the Kremlin wall, in which President Vladimir Putin personally participated. This year, too, the head of state honored the memory of the fallen soldiers by personally laying a wreath at the tomb, the Kremlin announced.

President and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu are visibly pleased with the parade

Photo: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP / BTA

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On the occasion of the holiday, Putin also made a special video greeting broadcast on television. In it he stated:

“Dear comrades and friends! Dear veterans! I congratulate you on this holiday, which is a symbol of courage and devotion to the Fatherland and is celebrated by our people with pride, with respect to all defenders of our country, to those who stand today. on guard at Russia’s borders.

We remember the exploits of the Russian army, which always fearlessly defends its land, takes on the most brutal blows of the enemies. The centuries-old history of Russia is full of nfading examples of the heroism of our ancestors and that is why our traditions of patriotism are so strong, the tradition of an inseparable, strong bond between the people, the state and their reliable defenders – the army and the navy. This union has been forged for centuries and today its significance remains just as important and sought after. “


Photo: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP / BTA

The President pointed out that one of the evidences for strengthening the authority of the Armed Forces is the growing interest of young people in military specialties.

“More and more young people think that military service is important for them and necessary for the Motherland. Many soldiers remain in the army, continue their service, continue their education in military schools, choose the defense of the Fatherland as their profession, their vocation. And I’m sure that the majority makes this choice thanks to their commanders. Officers are the stronghold of the army and navy, “Putin said.




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