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Main | Archive | Issue 6/2008

Eternal Glory to Heroes!
Column: Embassy Life



On May 23, the participants in the opening ceremony for the exhibition Relics of the 1877 - 1878 Russo-Turkish War in the Church of St. Martyr Tatiana at Lomonosov State University honored the memory of the Russian soldiers who lost their lives during that war. The directorate of the war and historical museums of the city of Pleven, near which more than 30,000 out of the total number of 200,000 Russian soldiers were killed, provided the pendant crosses, hinged tablets and icons found during excavations on the battlefields.

Before the opening of the exhibition, a prayer for the peace of the souls of the leaders, warriors and all Orthodox Christians who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Bulgaria was said.

Following the prayer, a message of the Most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Alexy II, was read. It was always characteristic of Russian warriors to follow the Evangelical truth: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15.13).

The president of Moscow University, V.A. Sadovnichy, underscored in his address that the exhibition was opening on the eve of the Day of the Slavic Written Language, which is observed on May 24. Thanks to the Sts. Cyril and Methodius who created it, the foundation for the cultural and spiritual affinity of several Slav countries was laid. The president urged holding sacred the Russian-Bulgarian friendship that was still steadfast 15 - 20 years ago. History will yet write many new pages. And we, for our part, will remain true to our friendship with the Bulgarian people.

Every Bulgarian is grateful to the Russian liberators and cherishes the memory of the fallen soldiers. The Bulgarian people venerate their history, Bulgarias Ambassador, Plamen Grozdanov, noted.

Bulgaria has more than 450 monuments to Russian soldiers, said M.N. Asparukhov, the director of the Pleven war and historical museums. In the last few years, ten more monuments, including a museum panorama of the Battle of Pleven, have appeared.

Yury Tavrovsky.
Photos courtesy of the Embassy of Bulgaria.




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