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War veterans meet Samburg schoolchildren
Olga Aizyatova

Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy organized a helicopter trip to Samburg, Pur District, in late March as part of the “Warm Up Hearts with Memory” campaign. A remote northern village was visited by Great Patriotic War veterans Alexander Kastanov and Alexei Yekhlakov. A warm and touching meeting between the war veterans, the local administration and ethnic minority children took place at the boarding school that has been a friend of Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy for years.

The vivid stories told by the veterans who had persevered through the hardships of war gave the children of Samburg a better understanding of the main milestones of that period. The veterans’ recollections of the horrible retreat, the heroic Battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, the defense of Moscow, the partisan movement in Nazi-occupied southern Russia, the liberation of Europe and the taking of Berlin evoked keen interest in the audience.

Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy’s administration and trade union committee presented the boarding school with the nine-volume encyclopedia “World War II”. It should give the schoolchildren a deeper insight into the history of our country and the world. The thankful children staged a musical performance for the veterans and gave them souvenirs made of white clay and deer fur, traditional northern handicraft materials. The veterans were then invited to the boarding school’s museum where they were told about everyday life of the indigenous peoples of the North. The veterans also attended celebrations marking Reindeer Herder’s Day and took part in an outstanding event, in which the village’s coat of arms and flag were inaugurated for the first time in its 70-year-old history and presented to the head of the local administration. The ceremony was followed by a concert, ethnic sport competitions, and fish dish testing. The day proved to be an unforgettable holiday for the local residents and their guests. It’s worth mentioning that Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy has been supporting Samburg residents for three decades, helping solve their numerous social problems. The company management sponsors the boarding school for the children of the ethnic minorities of the North, organizes holidays and brings presents for them. Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy’s “Warm Up Hearts with Memory” campaign is dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the victory in World War II. Its purpose is to carry on the continuity of generations and promote a conscientious attitude towards the country’s past. The symbol of the campaign is the St. George Ribbon and cranes flying in a V-shaped wedge against the bright sun in the background. The campaign started on January 25.

A number of interesting events were held in February as part of the campaign, including an interactive excursion at Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy’s Museum of Labor Glory, the sport holiday “Victory Fireworks”, and the “We Are from the Future” talk show. A thematic meeting entitled “The War’s Unwomanly Face” and the “20th Century Retro Songs. Echoes of War” festival took place in March. The campaign will end on International Children’s Day on June 1.

 
 
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