Oleksandr Vilkul: At 4 am on May 9, 2019, Kryvyi Rih was the first in Ukraine to start the celebration of Great Victory Day

Oleksandr Vilkul: At 4 am on May 9, 2019, Kryvyi Rih was the first in Ukraine to start the celebration of Great Victory Day

It was at this time, back in 1944, that the liberation of the city from the Nazi invaders began.

On May 9, 2019, at 4 am, in honor of the 74th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Inhuletsk district, at dawn, thousands of Kryvyi Rih residents took part in ceremonial events. Veterans, city residents, student youth, city leaders, MPs took part in the parade.

Specially restored military equipment, which took part in the hostilities of 1941–1945, passed through the prospect of Yuzhny. Parade participants carried flowers and portraits of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers — war veterans. In the park named after Savytskyi – near the mass grave of the dead soldiers – a solemn meeting was held.

One of the leaders of the parliamentary opposition, Oleksandr Vilkul, congratulated all Ukrainians on Victory Day and passed the symbolic torch of celebration to other cities: “Kryvyi Rih, by tradition, is the first to start the celebration of Victory Day over fascism. It is only 4 am, and there are thousands of people...

We are the descendants of the Winners.

And we will sacredly carry the Day of Victory over the Nazis throughout our lives, we will teach this to our children and our grandchildren.”

The participants observed a moment of silence in tribute to the fallen soldiers, partisans, underground fighters and workers. “How long we will live, we will always celebrate May 9 – Victory Day. For us it is a bright and holy holiday. We remember our dead friends, the memory of their feats will always be alive,” Volodymyr Savchenko, a war veteran, said.

Labor groups of the Southern Mining and Concentration Combine, “ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih”, “Kryvbassvzryvprom”, and representatives of other enterprises of the city walked in the festive columns.

“For more than half a century, we traditionally meet at 4 am to honor the memory of those who defended our land from the enemy with life and with deep gratitude we congratulate all the war veterans who are still with us. The events of those years will never be erased from the memory of our liberators, veterans, who, unfortunately, are becoming less and less every year. Today, our generation is faced with the task of preserving the historical truth about the feat of our people, about the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the Victory, and pass it on to our descendants,” Tetiana Klyvets, a teacher of school No. 73, emphasized.

Kryvyi Rih observed a moment of silence in tribute to the memory of the heroes who defeated Nazism. And hundreds of balloons rose into the sky – as a symbol of the sun and a peaceful clear sky.

Mark Ilienkov, a student of the Polytechnic College of the Kyiv National University, said: “We respect those who defended our land from the enemy and bow low to those who are no longer with us. Our duty is to come and pay tribute to those who died during the war and congratulate the veterans!”

Also on May 9 in Kryvyi Rih at 10 o’clock the March of Peace will be held, and flower laying and other festive events will take place in all parts of the city.

09 May 2019 13:21
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