Thursday, May 08, 2008

In Remembrance...


When I was a small kid I liked watching those parades on May, 9th. Some days on TV and some days we would put on our best clothes and go to the central square to enjoy it live.

I remember lots of old people wearing military uniform with ordens and medals.
I remember expression on their faces when they met an old friend whom they had not seen for years.
I remember their tears when they talked about the ones who didnt make it to this Victory Day.

I used to ask my mom what is so special about this day. And she always replied it was a day to give our thanks to people who had fought for the defence of our country. A day on which we should learn how to be grateful for our lives.

When i was in school our history teacher revealed the fact that over 20 million Soviet people were killed during that war. When you are 11-12 years old you do not really realise how shocking big this number is. You just learn it as the fact which might be asked in another exam.

But we knew that we won that war, and we knew that our grandfathers and grandmothers were there to protect their children, our moms and dads. We knew that if not for them we would not have gotten this chance to live. We knew how to be grateful.

The latest russian history textbooks say that USA won the World War 2. Maybe they consider the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the final point of it, just like a proof who is the most powerful one. In some ex-Soviet Republics, todays independent countries they remove monuments and memorials dedicated to those soldiers who once saved their cities from Nazi's occupation. Soviet military forces are declared occupants and ex-Nazis get these ordens and medals and graditude which belongs to those fighting for their own and their kids' life and independence.

Today the world has changed. Not for better.
Today we fail to see what is good and what is bad.
Today we take too many things for granted.
Today we do not know anymore what it means to be grateful.

Today we are re-writing the HISTORY.

I don't care what crap these pro-american text-books say.
I don't care that some countries' leaders are too blind to realise what is goodness and what is evil.
I don't care for those who declare us occupants and murderers.

People can talk as much as they want to about damn communism and totalitarism, repressions and tortures. There indeed had been a lot of good and bad in the history but none of this will ever change the fact that our grandfathers and grandmothers were ready to die for our confident future. That they have protected my country and half of Europe at the cost of their lives. If not for them there would not be any Russia, any Europe and maybe even any US for that matter.

In Russia almost every family has at least one person who took part in that war. And the number of those who survived is getting less every year. Most of them are over 80 by now. And the less this number is the more should our gratitude be.

And when i see 80% of cars in my home city having these special St. George Ribbons as the sign of our remembrance and commemoration, it feels good to know that people care, people remember, people are grateful.




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--xh-- Thursday, May 08, 2008  

A salute to you and all otehrs who is celebrating the Victory day.
It may seems strange, but I grew up reading russian liturature and magazines... I used to read Misha and Mirror and books of Maxim Gorky, Leo Tolstoy,Fyodor Dostoevsky and later Ivan Turgenev... and lot of russian folk stories and stories for children... i have so many fond memories...

My respectful salute to the great, patriotic warriors...

*~*Sameera*~* Thursday, May 08, 2008  

Oh sweetie,that was such a great post!The patriotism it reflects is so touching.If not for our forefathers,we would have still been slaves.I can feel every line you have written here,it's the same feeling which I get each time I hear my country's national anthem play or see its flag wavering somewhere.

Hope people learn to appreciate the gift these brave men left us so that we lead the life we are living today.

Happy Victory Day darling! :)

black coffee Friday, May 09, 2008  

its a day for sadness i guess!
i was moved by this post of urs lena. yes the world has changed definitely not for the better! :(

I am also proud of u that u cared to write abt something i wudn have knowon otherwise!

*salute*
akki

KAYLEE Friday, May 09, 2008  

Great salute to them :) and I havent been ffeling well at all these days :( i am not getting much better yet :( How have you been?

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя Friday, May 09, 2008  

Great patriotic post..As one said history is always written by the winner..so it's not wrong that historian and movie makers had made russia and germany quite a villain..
though I don't like communism..but I don't find anything wrong to serve ur country and people with utmost honor and dedication..if Germany had won the war..the world order wud had been quite different..
Today America is doing exact what Germany was doing those days..but since they are the powerful one ..they made themselves look like Messiah of Democracy and world order...and soviets the bad soul..

but I feel every human is human first and wateva country he lives in ..his love and dedication to his country is always commendable..
Long live patriots..long live country

Ankur Friday, May 09, 2008  

u know wat... i feel special even readin tat :)

I salute u and every human of ur country to stand tall and deliver when it mattered the most :)

i too believe tat still we r living in an unipolar world, but more of the reason coz we believe so... everything we do is thinking of US, must say.. they r great Diplomats :-|

Have fun Girl... and enjoy every bit of it... and u know wat... my dream is to visit Russia one day :D :D
i have heard a lot abt Czars and the weather... and i was a big fan of Maxim Gorki in my childhood, have read a lot of russian fairy tales featuring Evan :D :D
heheh

Cheers!!!

The 'Mad' Orchid Saturday, May 10, 2008  

:)
Salutes and woawww tht post brimmed to the core with patriotism.. :) and as Aki said surely if v hang on and believe surely we shall n will make the world the better place to live in and for others to do the same :D
Russia is surely with one great and hell bent patriotic gal..who keeps making us (her frnds in blogville) so proud of her :)keep it going and enjoy ur Victory day girl :D cheers

Farah Deen Saturday, May 10, 2008  

great entry on remembering thr victory day Lena. These patriotics are the heroes of the nation, the fight so that we could live a better world.

Judd Corizan Saturday, May 10, 2008  

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maverick Monday, May 12, 2008  

a salute to all those brave souls who died fighting for their countries :)

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