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Gone, But Not Forgotten

An old helmet is barely seen from under the flowers

An old helmet is barely seen from under the flowers

I’m not really aware how it is in other countries (hope the same) but in Russia the day of Victory over the fascism in WWII is the most important of all public holidays. Russian people have never started wars but in almost all families we have a great- grandfather who died defending Russia and Europe during that terrible and difficult years… My own one is not the exception.

When I was a child on the 9th of May every year we gathered all together with our big family to remember our great-granddad and to go to the cemetery accompanied with hundreds and thousands of other people. Apart from the personalized graves there are a lot of monuments and graves devoted to Unknown Soldier with the ‘eternal flame’ and tons of flowers there. People who have no posibility to bring flowers for their gone family members (mostly because that close ones have disappeared somewhere between Moscow region and Berlin during 1941-1946) can come here and say ‘I remember. Thank you’…

You know what I like most? – That I’m 30 and nothing has changed since my childhood.

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Tons of flowers

Tons of flowers

The Eternal Flame, Monument to Uknown Soldier, Great Novgorod, Russia

The Eternal Flame, Monument to Uknown Soldier, Great Novgorod, Russia

On the ribbon: 'No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten'

On the ribbon: ‘No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten’

A small gift from a boy of 5 y.o.

A small gift from a boy of 5 y.o.

A letter to Unknown Soldier

A letter to Unknown Soldier

We have never seen wars with our own eyes (even my grand mom was 5 during the WWII) but we teach our children to honor the memory of the heroes, to ‘remember’ how awful any war can be, how much pain it can bring into our lifes.

Sitting around the big table we toast for the Peace or literally for ‘let a war never happen’.

Next year (2015) the World сelebrates the 60th anniversary of the Great Victory. Our great-granddads have gone but are never forgotten. As long as we remember a war will never return, it comes to those who forgot…

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