Day of Remembrance and Sorrow
The Day of Remembrance and Sorrow is a memorable date. It is celebrated annually on June 22 in Russia, Ukraine (“Day of Sorrow and Commemoration of the Memory of the Victims of the War”) and in Belarus (“Day of National Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War”) on the anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War.
By Decree of the President of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin dated June 8, 1996 No. 857, June 22 was declared the "Day of Memory and Sorrow" in Russia.
On this day, state flags are lowered to half-mast on the buildings of state institutions, St. Andrew's flags on the ships of the Navy, flags with mourning ribbons are hung on residential buildings. In cultural institutions, on television and radio, entertainment events and programs are canceled throughout the day.
Commemorative events are held throughout the country, flowers and wreaths are laid at the monuments of the Great Patriotic War, and the Candle of Memory action is being held. This day is especially celebrated in the military units of the Armed Forces.
The President of Russia, Prime Minister, Chairman of the Federation Council, Chairman of the State Duma, members of the Government, State Duma deputies, senators, representatives of veteran organizations lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Alexander Garden.
In Ukraine, the Day of Sorrow and Commemoration of the Memory of the Victims of the War (Ukrainian Day of Sorrow and Commemoration of the Victims of the War) was established by President Leonid Kuchma’s decree of November 17, 2000 “with the aim of nationwide honoring the memory of the sons and daughters of the Ukrainian people who fell during the Great Patriotic War wars of 1941-1945, their feat and sacrifice.
In the Republic of Belarus, it is celebrated as the “Day of National Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War” (Belarusian Day of National Remembrance of the Vyalіkai Aichynnai Vayna). Later it was renamed into the "Day of National Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War and the genocide of the Belarusian people."
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The leaders of Russia and Belarus stressed the inadmissibility of the politicization of history
V. Yushchenko addressed the people on the occasion of the Day of Sorrow and Memory of the Victims of the War in Ukraine
Russia celebrates the Day of Memory and Sorrow