Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov took part in the “Candle of Memory” campaign.
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov took part in the “Candle of Memory” campaign dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. At exactly 9:00 pm on Monday, diplomats, and staff of the Russian military attashat, the Defense Ministry’s representative office for organizing and conducting military memorial work in the United States, and students of the school at the Russian Embassy lit candles in the lilac “Garden of Memory,” which was laid out on the territory of the Russian diplomatic mission.
The participants of the mournful event observed a minute of silence in memory of the fallen on the battlefields, home front workers who died in Nazi concentration camps and the occupied territories, and blockade runners. In the center of the garden, “80 remember” was laid out with candles. Stands with reproductions of photo chronicles depicting the main operations of the war were set up around it, and archival footage of those years was shown on the screen next to it.
“80 years ago, we were attacked, along the entire perimeter of the western borders, German hordes tried to destroy the USSR,” the Russian ambassador said. – It is very important that the entire Soviet people – Russians, Tatars, Azerbaijanis, Turkmens, Kirghiz, Ukrainians, Belarusians-stood shoulder to shoulder and no one thought about what nation they belong to. We only thought about one thing: how to protect the Motherland.” The diplomat recalled that the country had suffered huge damage during the war.
“We have no right to forget the sad day that brought us this disaster and from which we began to count the remaining days until our Victory,” the ambassador stressed. – <…> We are in Washington, I must say that we do not divide the Victory into just the victory of the Soviet people and the victory of all mankind.” “We are grateful to our partners and allies who took part in the great battle, but we must recognize that it was the Soviet people who made the main contribution to the defeat of the Nazi invaders. If it were not for the victories of the Red Army, I do not know what negative results could have been,” the diplomat said.
This ceremony is one of Antonov’s first public events since returning from Moscow, where he was held for consultations on the state of Russian – American relations. Following the talks in Geneva on June 16, the presidents of the two countries, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden decided to return the ambassadors. The head of the Russian diplomatic mission was a member of the Russian delegation at the summit.
Students of the school read out poems dedicated to the war. The memorial action “Candle of Memory” is held in Washington for the fifth time. In 2019, the event was held at the World War II Memorial in the heart of Washington, where the participants of the event laid a wreath at the bas-relief “Spirit of the Elbe”. This year, as in the past, the format had to be restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.