'Marathon of Memory' reaches Armenia
A delegation of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS countries has arrived in Yerevan. The visit of the delegation to Armenia is taking place as part of the 'Marathon of Memory' dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Armenia became the fourth country to join the action. The 'Marathon of Memory' was launched on March 11, 2015 in the capital of Belarus, after which it was attended by Azerbaijan and Moldova. The day before, not only the members of the action but also war veterans now living in Armenia arrived at the eternal flame in Yerevan.
"We celebrate together the 70th anniversary of the victory. Then we also were together, we fought and defeated the Nazi machine," a veteran said.
"The fragments of the eternal flame, which are taken from the Assembly member countries' eternal flames, will be gathered into one flame to deliver to the Tauride Palace in St. Petersburg," the head of the delegation of the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly, Belarus MP Tamara Dolgoshey, said.
Welcoming the guests to the National Assembly, the Chairman of the NA Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Artak Davtyan, noted that about 600,000 Armenians took part in the Great Patriotic War. And everybody remembers with pride the victorious end of that war. The Armenian sons’ feats devoted their life to the Motherland and victory is undeniable. Davtyan noted that the importance of the victory would be highlighted not only 70 years later, but also 700, Armenia Today reports.
As the head of the delegation of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly noted, the victory united and unites nations, states and generations during the Great Patriotic War. The general history of those nations is rich in heroes and deeds. The goal of the campaign is to bring up a generation deserving heroes, to be grateful to the veterans for their devotion and for the victory against fascism.
Armenia is the fourth country to take the baton. The delegation of the CIS member states will bring the eternal flame to St. Petersburg and to kindle it in the Tauride Palace on April 16.
The next venue for the action 'Marathon of Memory' will be the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, on March 27.