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ALL GENERATIONS HOLIDAY
Valentin Alexandrov

It is impossible to privatize history, although attempts happen. They ether try to use the portrait of one man to cover a multimillion country or delete from the memory the very record of the developments that determined the life of the people. The Victory Day on May 9, 1945 has also experienced major interpretation reverses until it firmly established in our conscience as the greatest event of the XX century that defined the position of the Soviet Union and now Russia in modern and future world.

The victory as historic heritage was paid for by the lives of those who fought for it, toiled and won. The memory of the Victory is identified with the generation of martyrs. However the Victory also belongs to those who were born and came to this world at another time. They also enjoy the glory of the Victory and at the same time bear the hallmark of military sacrifice and responsibility for the preservation of independence, national honor and dignity for which the people paid a dear price.

Noteworthy is the number of Soviet losses during the war which national leaders had to acknowledge. Under Stalin they comprised 7.5 million people, under Khrushchev the figure nearly doubled to 14 million, under Brezhnev it reached 20 million, and exceeded 26 million under Gorbachev. Which is the true figure that deserves trust? The first post-war census in the Soviet Union showed that female population exceeded males by 18 million. It was a whole country of widows. How many talents and geniuses were not born! It seems the country expects from every newborn both what is destined for him and something else for the unborn guy.

Today not children, but grandchildren of war veterans come to govern the country. They definitely feel personal responsibility before the past multiplied by 140 million of the population. Therefore, the Victory anniversary became not just a festivity, but also a landmark at which the national leadership offers to the public its understanding of loyalty to the behests of the war generation. The first behest calls to ensure the defense capability of the country. The 65th VE-Day anniversary provides numerous arguments to the adequate understanding of the situation. Another behest is to create a solid economic foundation of the country that can serve as a staunch rear and ensure decent life for all. It is difficult to parade successes in the sphere in Red Square, but it is clear it would be hardly possible to demonstrate missiles and combat aircraft without corresponding production capacities.

There is yet another side of the Victory holiday – the understanding of the significance of anti-Nazi coalition. The United Nations, former G4 and now G8 and G20 are rooted in Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam. Thus, the May 9 holiday appears to be a common day for Russian history and politics. It highlights achievements and above all care of each of us for tomorrow and what comes after it.

 
 
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