What is the 9th of May for Russia? It’s the Day of memory, the Day of deathless fame, the Day of so long-awaited victory. This year the 9th of May was really special. Such a date – the 60th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War (World War II ) !
Irkutsk was preparing for the celebration thoroughly. The city was cleaned and decorated with red banners and greeting placards. The program of celebration was quite heavy, and it started long before the 9th of May.
During the whole month numerous concerts have been held for veterans. On the 8th of May one more monument to Georgy Zhukov, legendary general marshal, was ceremonially opened.
The 9th of May was noted by incredibly patriotic atmosphere. Even rain didn’t abate people’s spirits and didn’t deter thousands of city-dwellers from coming to the military parade in the morning. It seemed everybody was on Kirov Square. Irkutsk witnessed flowers, music, waltz and the spirit of pride for our older generation. The culmination of the day, of course, was playing off fireworks. This time salute could be observed in five districts of the city, and everywhere it was of 60 guns.
The 60th anniversary of the Great Victory… We have heard these words so often lately. But what does this day mean for our today’s youth, for our children? It’s not only parades, fireworks and decorations. On the 8th of May the project “All my thoughts and actions for you, Victory!” was finished. Children of Irkutsk could write essays and poems about that war and about their feelings concerning it. 45 participants were rewarded by diplomas and 9 winners got special prizes. “We are children of peace. We know about the war by name, but we value peace twice as much as…,”writes Vitya Semenchuk, 11, in his work.When you read such essays, you believe that memory will live, and our future generation will keep our world away from wars.