Russia (bbabo.net) - On Wednesday, February 23, when Russia celebrates Defender of the Fatherland Day, members of the board of the Russian Defense Ministry laid flowers and wreaths in Moscow at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall. The ceremony was attended by deputy defense ministers, commanders-in-chief of the branches and commanders of the military branches, other representatives of the leadership of the Armed Forces, veterans of the army and navy.
They also honored the memory of the soldiers who died for the Fatherland with a minute of silence. The ceremony ended with a solemn march of the guard of honor company.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation recalled that on February 23, solemn events dedicated to the Defender of the Fatherland Day are held in all army and navy military garrisons of Russia.
The ceremony of laying wreaths at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier by government officials is a special tradition. The ashes of an unknown Soviet soldier were taken from a mass grave in the Moscow region and solemnly reburied in the Alexander Garden in 1966.
A year later, a memorial was opened there, where the Eternal Flame was lit in memory of the fallen soldiers. The guard of honor at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier - "Post number 1" - was installed on this memorial in 1997. And in 2009, the monument was given the status of the National Memorial of Military Glory. The complex itself was then supplemented with a stele in honor of the cities bearing the honorary title of the same name.