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The City of Military Glory stela Inaugurated in Taganrog.

May 8, 2015: On November 3, 2011, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed an executive order conferring the honorary title of City of Military Glory on the city of Taganrog "for the courage, fortitude and mass heroism displayed by the cities' defenders in the fight for freedom and independence of the Fatherland".

A few months later, a ceremony was held in Kremlin, where Russian president presented the Mayor of Taganrog with the certificate conferring the title of City of Military Glory.

Along with all the other cities on which this honorary title was bestowed upon, Taganrog had to erect a model monument featuring the city's coats of arms and the text of presidential decree. The work was completed in the early May 2015, when an 11.5-meter high granite column topped by a gold-plated Imperial eagle - the national emblem of Russian Federation - was constructed in front of Taganrog City Hall. The pedestal displays the text of the presidential decree, granting Taganrog the title of the City of Military Glory.

stela of the city of military glory a few minutes before inauguration in Taganrog
At least eight bas reliefs on four sides of the monument will be placed by the end of August 2015, to be unveiled on the Taganrog Liberation Day. The bas reliefs are to depict the major milestones in Taganrog's military history: foundation of the Taganrog fortress by Peter the Great, resurrection of Taganrog during the Russian-Turkish war under Catherine the Great, defense of Taganrog and Azov Sea coasts in the Crimean War of 1855 and heroism of Taganrog underground resistance movement during the Great Patriotic War.

The City of Military Glory stela was officially inaugurated by Rostov Oblast Governor Vasily Golubev and Mayor of Taganrog Vladimir Prasolov on May 8, 2015 - on the eve of the 70-year anniversary of Victory Day in Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany.