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10 November 2019 → Foreign diplomats honoured the memory of fallen soldiers in Minsk

A mourning event was held at the Minsk fraternal military cemetery of 1914-1918, at which the memory of soldiers who died on the battlefields during the First World War was honoured, the "Minsk-Novosti" Agency correspondent reports.

- By tradition, British embassies in countries of accreditation celebrate every second Sunday of November as a memorable date. On this day they honour the soldiers who died during the First World War. Representatives of diplomatic agencies accredited in Belarus gathered at the Minsk fraternal military cemetery to commemorate the fallen soldiers. Jacqueline Perkins, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Great Britain to Belarus, addressed the audience in English and Russian:

"At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an agreement was concluded on the cessation of hostilities in the framework of the First World War, brutal and bloody. It was not by chance that we chose this place for a memorable event: not a single Briton found his last refuge in Belarus. But in 1914 we were united by a common goal. Therefore, it will be right today to pay tribute to our common victims together.

Further, the head of the diplomatic mission noted that Belarus knows the price of war more than in any other European country. The fates of the peoples of both countries very often crossed in wartime, whether it be the war with Napoleon, Kaiser or Hitler. Most often, Belarus and Great Britain came out together "against adversity and suffered general losses."

The Embassy’s Military Attache read the "Manual":

"They will not age like us - those who remained in order to age" Age will not destroy them, and years will not be condemned. We will remember them at sunset and in the morning.."

The last phrase is pronounced aloud by all those present at the ceremony. Some guests came with photographs of relatives who fell in the fields of the First World War.

At the very beginning, the participants in the event were given flowers of the holiday symbol - red poppy. Initially, at the ceremony they used fresh flowers that grew in Flanders right on the battlefields. The red colour symbolized blood shed in battles. According to a long tradition, the poem "On the Fields of Flanders" necessarily sounds on the day of remembrance. It sounded on this day too. Two minutes of silence were announced, and then the guests laid flowers at the icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in the chapel.

The ceremony ended with "Kokhimsky epitaph":

-"When you go home, tell about us and say that for the sake of your tomorrow we gave ours today."

For reference

Memorial Day (Remembrance Day, also can be translated as Memorial Day, Memorial Day), popularly known as Poppy Day (English Poppy Day) - a memorable day in the countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations, celebrated annually on November 11. It is intended to perpetuate the memory of all the soldiers of the British Commonwealth who died in conflicts involving the UK. It began to be celebrated in 1919 by order of King George V in Great Britain and the countries of the Commonwealth, as well as in the states where British diplomatic missions are accredited.

Photo by Irina Rzheutskaya

News provided by Agency "Minsk-Novosti"

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