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Georgia commemorates. Against all odds2010-05-07 14:28
Georgia will celebrate 65th anniversary of the Victory over fascism against all odds as planned by Irakli II Society established in Georgia to help restore good-neighborly relations with Russia. On May 9 its members shall lay wreaths to the Unknown Soldier tomb in Vake park, former Victory Park in Tbilisi.
Irakli II Society's official statement underscores necessity to commemorate 400 thousand Georgian soldiers and millions of children of different nationalities that died at the time of the Second World War and express high respect to veterans. The society members believe this is particularly important now that monuments as well as memorial plates and honor rolls to the glory of the Great Patriotic War heroes get demolished in many parts of Georgia in an attempt to nullify their heroism.
Recently Tbilisi hosted a presentation of the third issue of Eternal Glory to Heroes, a Russian-Georgian poetic almanac that comprises poems by Georgian and Russian poets writing about WWII. The presentation was attended by war veterans, some of them honorary members of Irakli II Society.
Archil Chkoidze, society chairman, highlighted that Georgia had sent 700 thousand people to the front with less than a half coming back. "Georgia can be proud of the contribution it made for War World II to end" - RIA Novosti quotes.
On Saturday, May 8, the Society inaugurates its branch in Gori. After that the members plan to lay wreaths to Josef Stalin monument. George's ribbons will be distributed in Gori town. On May 9 members of Irakli II Society shall place wreaths to the Unknown Soldier tomb in Vake park planning to pay a visit to Kuki cemetery to hold a memorial service in memory of Orthodox soldiers perished in the Great Patriotic War.
As Nana Chkoidze, director of Tbilisi branch of All-world Congress of Peoples of Georgia told GeorgiaTimes, such actions are not aimed at bringing the Georgian government to reason. "I don't think we are able to do that, - she said. The way they have chosen is wrong. The authorities must see that people of all generations take part in the actions. If we forget our past we will never build a future. Organizing such actions we want to make it clear that no one and nothing is forgotten".
This is the second initiative Irakli II Society has suggested over last year. Popularization of Russian culture and art in Georgia and Georgian culture and art in Russia, integration of Georgia's Russian-speaking population into Georgian society, assistance in rights protection of Russian-speaking population of Georgia, development of Georgian-Russian dialogue at public and political levels are among the society's activities.