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Taganrog Marks the 74th Anniversary of Victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War

May 12, 2019: Taganrog celebrated Victory Day commemorating the nation's major role in the allied victory over Nazi Germany in Great Patriotic War (World War II).

The list of events consisted of feature concerts, films and other festivities in many locations, public gatherings, traditional relay races and laying of flowers and wreath to numerous war memorials and monuments.

May 7 the Taganrog Museum of Military History was officially opened after major reconstruction. Taganrog City Council President and City Executive Inna Titarenko and museum's founder Igor Garkusha cut the red ribbon, which officially opened the museum to the public.

On May 9, 2017 nearly forty thousand people gathered in downtown Taganrog and marched down Petrovskaya, the city's mainstreet, to honor the memory of those who died in combat in 1941-1945. Participants of the now-traditional "Immortal Regiment March" wore St. George ribbons and carried photographs of their family members who fought in the war.

In Gorky Park the city residents and visitors had an opportunity to taste military cuisine and sing World War II-era songs special platforms and watch musical show at the open-air theater. A moment of silence was observed at 6PM, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony in front of the Eternal Flame monument.

Taganrog City Council President and City Executive Inna Titarenko offered cordial congratulations to the war veterans and all residents on Victory Day: "We bow our heads with deep respect to pay tribute to the unprecedented feat of our parents, our grandfathers and great-grandfathers who hastened this day as best they could. We say thank you for demonstrating endurance and courage, for defeating fascism, while all Europe trembled in fear. You gave this country the opportunity to live in freedom and peace."

Taganrog City Executive reminded that the city sacrificed thousands of lives in the name of victory. Residents of Taganrog fought against the enemy at the frontline and as members of underground units and resistance movements, forged weapons for the Soviet army at evacuated plants. "There are more than 1100 cities in Russia, but only 45 of them, including Taganrog, have been conferred the title of "The City of Military Glory". This results in a special responsibility of this city for promoting historical memory and for raising worthy defenders of the Homeland", noted Inna Titarenko.

The 74th Victory Day anniversary celebration culminated in a fireworks show that illuminated the sky at 10PM.