74th anniversary of the Great Victory and the 20th anniversary of the Soviet memorial celebrated in the UK

Traditional celebrations dedicated to the Great Victory took place across the United Kingdom. This year, the celebrations gathered several thousand people. The Victory Day 2019 was also marked with the 20th anniversary of the Soviet War Memorial in London, which is dedicated to Soviet soldiers and civilians who died during World War II.

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On May 9, the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial took place in the park near the Imperial War Museum in London. Diplomats from the CIS countries, veterans, representatives of municipal authorities and public organizations gathered to honour the memory of those killed in the fight against fascism. Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko, Deputy Chairman of the House of Lords and Secretary of State for Defense of the United Kingdom Frederick Curzon (Earl Howe), Member of Parliament Neil Coyle representing London’s Southwark, as well as Mayor of Southwark Catherine Rose delivered speeches. Memorial events in London continued with the Immortal Regiment campaign. Thousands of compatriots marched with portraits of the heroes of World War II from Trafalgar Square past the residence of the Prime Minister, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to Westminster Abbey.

The celebrations were completed with a gala concert with participation of the Russian veterans. The performances of children's and adult groups were filled with feelings of pride for the country that defeated Nazism, and gratitude to the heroes of the war. The evening that took place at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo was prepared by the association of compatriots Sputnik with active participation of the Chamber of Russian-speaking communities and the Russian-speaking volunteer bureau. The arrival of Russian veterans to the UK was made possible by the project "The Last Soldier of World War II", led by Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Goncharov. Memorial ceremonies were also held across the country at memorials and burial sites of the Second World War participants. Memorial lessons and festive concerts were held in Russian schools. "Immortal Regiment" processions took place in Glasgow, Derby, Manchester and Edinburgh. The nationwide campaign "St. George’s Ribbon" was held in all of the UK’s cities. One of the most memorable events was the traditional rally, the purpose of which is to preserve the memory of the Second World War and the role of the Soviet troops in liberating Europe from fascism. Flowers-laying ceremonies at the graves of Soviet soldiers and a festive concert were held in the framework of the rally.

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