Опубликовано: 24 June 2019 16:28

In memory of tragic events of the beginning of World War II

The 22nd of June is the Day of Memory and Grief in Russia. It is held as a tribute to the memory of the victims of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, as well as all wars for the freedom and independence of our country.

At 4 am in the Victory Square, at the Monument of Military and Labor Glory, an action ‘Candle of Memory’ was held, during which activists of youth and other public associations lit candles in memory of soldiers who fell during the Great Patriotic War.

At 9 am, a solemn ceremony of laying flowers to the Eternal Flame took place. War veterans, home front workers, Yaroslav Semenov, Chairman of the Government of the Udmurt Republic, Alexey Prasolov, Chairman of the State Council of the Udmurt Republic, Denis Loginov, Acting Head of the City of Izhevsk, Denis Loginov, Military Commissioner of the Udmurt Republican Aleksandr Komlev, Chairman of the Udmurt Republican Public Organization of the All-Russian Public Organization of Veterans (Pensioners) of War, Labor, Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies Gennady Kryukov, members of the Government of the Udmurt Republic, deputies of the State Council of the Udmurt Republic and Izhevsk City Council, employees of state bodies and local self-government, employees of enterprises and institutions, representatives of public organizations, and Young Army Cadets were there.

The ceremony participants honored the memory of the dead warriors with a minute of silence, then scarlet carnations were laid at the Monument of military and labor glory dedicated to the feat of the workers of Udmurtia during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

Back in 1941, in the morning hours of the first day of the war, about 300 natives of the Udmurt Republic entered the battle against the enemy as part of the border detachments. About 200 of them died. Nine natives of the Udmurt Republic fought among the defenders of the Brest Fortress.

In the cities of the Udmurt Republic in the first hours after the declaration of war, people began to gather at the military registration and enlistment offices. 1,456 Izhevsk volunteers applied by July 1.

Every fourth inhabitant of the Udmurt Republic went to the front – almost 400 thousand people. More than 145 thousand people bravely died defending their country. About 40 thousand were reported missing. About 70 thousand soldiers and officers returned from the front with military awards.

Our people heroically fought at the front, but not less than the strength of the spirit was among the workers of the rear. Izhevsk supplied the army with military equipment. During the war years, Izhevsk factories gave the front more than 12 million small arms. This is almost as much as the entire US industry, 2 times more than all the factories in Germany. Since January 1942, within 24 hours, our factories have armed one rifle division and one aviation division. About 2 thousand labour workers of the rear were awarded orders and medals of the Soviet Union.  

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