May 10, 2023: Taganrog celebrated Victory Day commemorating the nation's major role in the allied victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War (World War II).
On the eve of the 78th anniversary of Victory, Taganrog City Council President and City Executive Inna Titarenko, Acting City Manager of Taganrog Svetlana Kambulova and representatives of local authorities laid Victory Day flowers in front of "The City of Military Glory" stela
. The ceremony brought together veterans, representatives of NGOs, municipal officers, duma deputies, and students. As tradition demands, a moment of silence was observed as a tribute to the heroes and victims of the Great Patriotic War.
The city's municipal officials, representatives of NGOs and schools also laid flowers and wreaths to numerous war memorials and monuments of Taganrog.
The list of Victory Day events initially consisted of feature concerts, films and other festivities in many locations, public gatherings, and traditional relay races. Unfortunately, some events were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions - unusually low temperatures and heavy precipitations.
Many citizens nevertheless engaged in the public events in one form or another. For example, on Victory Day people visited the eternal flame in Taganrog's Gorky Park. Several of them carried photographs of their ancestors who died in combat in 1941-1945.
The 78th Victory Day anniversary celebration officially culminated in a gala concert took place at the Green Theater of Gorky Park. Among the participants were the city's brass band, Taganrog Municipal Choir "Lik"
, and local jazz orchestra named after Valentin Parnakh
. A lot of songs popular in the days of the Great Patriotic War were performed, including "Den' Pobedy" ("Victory Day") and the patriotic march "Farewell of Slavianka".