In the 90s, for me, then a teenager, May 9 was not a significant holiday. Rather, the day was associated with military songs performed by two well-known Russian singers … When our daughter was 3 years old, offering flowers at the Eternal Flame became one of our family traditions. Last year, from the historians of Kirov (a city in Russia), a letter came with a story about the heroic deed of my great-grandfather at the beginning of the war. So many people were there in those years learning about the life of who I myself want to become better, nobler!
The words of V.G.Belinsky, Russian literary critic 1811-1848, are the following: “Whoever does not belong to the fatherland, does not belong to humanity” which reflects the whole essence of the concept of “love to the motherland”. Or one more saying: “Patriotism is very important. If you have no feeling for your country, you cannot do anything good. Any kind of sacrifice is not sufficient to satisfy that desire to do something for your country and countrymen”. (N. Shrivastava, 1995 ) …
But for the generation of the 90’s – a generation with lost values, it is difficult to develop values, including patriotic values, from “nowhere”. And the idea of the Immortal Regiment is immense – it’s an idea that reflects both love for the homeland, and collectivity, and unity (and in the mind the memory of the feeling, even if it appeared only for a few hours, remains). And here is a confirmation:
The government of Latvia this year Continue reading “Immortal Regiment – Special Feeling”