In Ashgabat, a military parade with the participation of Turkmen soldiers took place on the square near the memorial complex "Halk hakydasy" (people's memory) in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the great Patriotic war, the state news Agency of Turkmenistan reports.
The Battle flag of the 748th rifle regiment of the 206th rifle division of the 2nd Ukrainian front, where Berdimuhamed Annayev, the grandfather of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, fought, was delivered to the memorial from the Ashgabat International airport.
President of Turkmenistan, Supreme commander-in-Chief of the country's Armed Forces, General of the army Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov welcomed the participants of the parade from the viewing platform.
Addressing the audience, the head of state congratulated the Turkmen people and, above all, war and labor veterans on the 75th anniversary of the great Victory widely celebrated in our country.
As the President noted, our country made a worthy contribution to this Grand Victory. Soldiers from Turkmenistan, who passed through the crucible of the last war, demonstrated a high example of valor, heroism and loyalty to the Motherland. More than 70 thousand of them were awarded orders and medals. 104 Turkmen citizens were awarded the high title of Hero of the Soviet Union, 15 became full holders of the order of Glory. Thousands of our countrymen have died in brutal battles.
Our people surrounded the people evacuated from the frontline with brotherly care and worked selflessly. The President noted with pride that Turkmen women demonstrated high humanism by donating about 7,400 kilograms of gold and silver jewelry to the defense Fund.
The older generation is our pride, the head of Turkmenistan stressed. Protecting peace on earth, a happy future, our fathers and grandfathers covered themselves with unfading glory.
The head of state noted that today, guided by the legal status of neutrality, Turkmenistan is making great efforts to strengthen peace throughout the world. Conducts necessary work to expand mutually beneficial cooperation with various countries of the world, strengthen the atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed that by the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, more than 4,500 war and labor veterans from Turkmenistan were awarded the jubilee medal "75 years of Victory in the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945".
Despite the fact that the harsh years of war have long passed, the suffering, pain and loss of the people, their courage, will never be forgotten, will forever live in the memory of posterity as an unfading symbol of heroism.
Then the floor was given to the Deputy Minister of defense of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Alexander Fomin.
Addressing veterans, soldiers and all Turkmen citizens, the Russian guest noted that today we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945-a war that showed the heroism and fortitude of the Soviet people to the whole world.
As it was emphasized, it was the Soviet people who became the reliable stronghold of all mankind, the main liberator from the brown plague. May 9, 1945-the day of our sorrow, pride and "joy with tears in our eyes", as the song says, our boundless gratitude to the defenders of the Fatherland who defeated Nazism.
On this day, we honor the people who forged a great Victory in that terrible war, and bow our heads to the memory of those who, at the cost of their lives, protected our land from the Nazis.
For this day, they fought and worked, passed the path of inhuman trials, became an insurmountable stronghold for the invaders in the heat of battle. They endured everything. We gave everything we could, including our lives, but we won.
Many went to the front line right from school and remained forever on the battlefields, not knowing the joy of love and the happiness of having children.
As A. Fomin noted, more than 300 thousand soldiers of Turkmenistan took part in battles on all fronts of the war and reached the walls of the Reichstag. 104 of them were awarded the high title "Hero of the Soviet Union".
Industrial enterprises and military hospitals were deployed on the territory of Turkmenistan, educational institutions were evacuated here, and agricultural production was increased many times.
We will never forget the warmth and care with which the fraternal Turkmen people received orphaned children from the Soviet republics that were scorched by the war. This is a clear example of the unity of the entire country in the face of a cruel and merciless enemy.
Noting that now, unfortunately, in a number of countries there are attempts to revive the Nazi ideology, falsify the common history, glorify traitors and redefine the role of the Soviet people in the victory over fascism, the Deputy Defense Minister of Russia said that our task, our conscience and our responsibility, as descendants of victorious soldiers, to whom we owe what we are, to cherish the memory of their feet and protect the true heroes.
The guest of honor said that in the name of preserving historical memory, the battle banner of the 748th rifle regiment of the 206th rifle division of the 2nd Ukrainian front is being handed over to the fraternal Turkmen people for eternal storage. It will also be a reminder of the sacrifice that the Turkmen people made to bring Victory closer.
It was under this banner that Berdimuhamed Annayev, the grandfather of the respected Gurbanguly Myalikgulyevich, The President of Turkmenistan, went to battle. We bow down to all veterans, the generation of winners.
We live today in peace, good neighborhood and fraternal friendship, and it is impossible to share the feat that our grandfathers and fathers performed, A. Fomin said. We will honor all of You, dear veterans, and glorify the victory that was, is, and will remain the same for all of us. Low bow to You!
Deputy Minister of defense of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Alexander Fomin congratulated everyone on Victory Day, wishing peace, good health, prosperity and longevity, and concluded his speech with the words: "Minnetdar, Gurbanguly Aga".
On the square in front of the podium, a soldier of the Russian Embassy in Turkmenistan presented the Turkmen side with the Battle banner of the 748th rifle regiment of the 206th rifle division.
The team commander with a military parade banner party made and proudly carried in front of the area built on the personal staff of the State flag of Turkmenistan, flag of Victory, and handed over to the Russian side of the Battle flag 748 the infantry regiment 206 the infantry division.
The “GAZ M20 Pobeda” car carries another sacred relic-the medal "for bravery" – the highest state award of the Russian Federation, awarded to the valiant soldier Berdymukhamed Annayev for personal courage, bravery and bravery shown in the defense of the Fatherland and the performance of military duty during the great Patriotic war.
The commander of the solemn military parade, who made a detour of the troops by car, is informed about the readiness of the personnel of the Ashgabat garrison.
After accepting the report, the commander of the solemn military parade greeted and congratulated the defenders of the Fatherland on the 75th anniversary of Victory in the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945 and gave the order to start the military parade.
The first were military cadets in the form of cadets from the war. This is followed by a battalion of soldiers, also in military uniforms from the great Patriotic war.
Then the soldiers of the motorized rifle battalion, whose impeccable training and high military skills are a strong guarantee of the country's security, came to the square.
Marines marched in orderly rows in front of the podium. Behind them on the square appears the personnel of the artillery division. The parade was continued by a battalion of civil defense and rescue personnel.
They are followed by the special purpose battalion "Türkmen edermen". The main distinguishing feature of special forces personnel is a high level of combat, theoretical and physical training, and the main principle of their activity is efficiency in solving combat tasks.
The decoration of the festive parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Victory was a procession of mounted cavalry. As you know, during the beginning of the second world war, the 97th and 98th Turkmen mounted divisions were formed. Our dzhigits fought in the fiercest battles and showed unparalleled heroism. The brave horsemen of these divisions went all the way from Stalingrad to Berlin. Thousands of them were awarded military orders and medals.
The parade continued with a display of military equipment from the great Patriotic War. At the beginning of the column – a passenger car "GAZ-67B", which began to be produced in 1943 and passed all the roads of the war. All red Army formations were equipped with this transport.
One of the main vehicles of those times was the Soviet “ZIS–5” truck, which was equipped with a Maxim machine gun for demonstration. It was followed by the “URAL-ZIS”, with a DShK machine gun and soldiers in WWII uniforms on Board.
Next – "URAL-ZIS", which is installed on the legendary combat artillery vehicle BM–13 "Katyusha", which at that time was the most modern machine of the Soviet artillery troops.
The military review was continued by a “KAMAZ” car with a T-34 tank. These tanks were the technical strength of the active red Army. Then came the “KAMAZ” with the su-100 anti-tank self-propelled artillery system.
Parade in front of the podium continued with "Immortal regiment", whose motto is: "Nobody is forgotten, nothing not forgotten!" Among the numerous photos of front – line soldiers and valiant home front workers, the portrait of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's grandfather, Berdimuhamed Annayev, was carried with special honor.
...There is no family that has not been scorched with its breath by the most brutal and bloody war in the history of mankind. The heroic story of those years finds a lively response in our hearts. We bow before the unfading feat of the Winning generation…
Celebrations in honor of the 75th anniversary of the great Victory were held throughout the country. The final chord of the festive events in the Turkmen capital was a festive fireworks display.
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