“For Remembrance, for Glory, for Honor!”

May 5, 2017

On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and the 72th anniversary of victory over Nazism in World War II, officers of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine and veterans took part in the ceremonial parade “For Remembrance, for Glory, for Honor” organized with participation of cadets of the Lyceum- Boarding School No. 23 “The Cadet Corps” patronized by the SZRU, the Kyiv Ivan Bohun Military Lyceum, students of the “Kyiv Professional College” with intensive military and physical training. The ceremonial meeting and parade of young patriots were held in the National Museum of History of Ukraine in World War II and was dedicated to honoring the heroic deeds of the Ukrainian people and the soldiers who fell in the fight against Nazism.

The crushing wave of the war rolled twice through the Ukrainian lands without bypassing any settlement, and messed up lives of tens of millions of people. It is the Ukrainian direction that was always central in the entire 4500-mile Soviet-German front, and with it were associated the main decisive events of World War II. For 40 months – from 22 June 1941 to the end of October 1944 – Ukraine was the scene of fierce bloody battles, during which dozens of elite units of Wehrmacht were defeated, a huge amount of the enemy’s weapons and military equipment was destroyed, a significant contribution into gaining the victory was made.

The young people who honored war veterans, are descendants of true heroes. They do have someone to be proud of and to follow the example of. Ukrainian warriors and those born in Ukraine wrote immortal pages in the history of the war, having shown examples of selfless heroism. Of the 11,603 warriors who during the war for military heroic deeds were awarded the title of a Hero of the Soviet Union, 2072 were Ukrainians, at this, 32 of them – twice, and Ivan Kozhedub – three times. Of 7 million awards – 2.5 million were awarded to Ukrainians.

As part of celebrations there was a meeting of war veterans, soldiers of the ATO, military and public figures, after which at the memorial complex of the National Museum of History of Ukraine in World War II, among the monumental sculptures that perpetuate the heroism of our people, were voiced the words of the collective oath of Young Patriots:

“We – the youth of Ukraine, future defenders of the Motherland in cherished memory of heroes of World War II, before today’s heroes – ATO soldiers, war children, our teachers, parents and friends, before our conscience, promise: to always look up to you and to be true patriots of our state, to become worthy successors of the glorious deeds of heroes of Ukraine, with honor to carry the flag of Remembrance, Glory and Honor. Deepest gratitude to and three cheers “Glory!” for the Heroes – our defenders!”