May 09, 2014, YAKUTSK — Yakutians honored the fallen soldiers and veterans of the Great Patriotic War, the Soviet front of WWII, on May 9th, 2014.
62509 Yakutians participated in the Great Patriotic War. 288 veterans left among us by now.
How many Yakutians fought in the Great Patriotic War (1941 — 1945)?
62509 people, including 418 women, from 18 districts of the region known now as the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia’s North-East Siberia & Far East. At that moment, the total population was 413.8 thousand people. In the first year of the war, 17179 people were recruited into the USSR Red Army. Resource: Yakutia Government.
How many WWII veterans live in Yakutia today?
Less than 300 veterans in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). As of January 1st, 2014, there were 288 WWII veterans and 173 of them lived in Yakutsk, cites Nashe Vremya Newspaper. In May 2014, Yakutsk City Hall informs that we have the honor to have 169 veterans of the Great Patriotic War among us in the town.
Less and less the Great Patriotic War veterans every year! But the people of Yakutia keep remembering their relatives fallen during the War!
In the following photographs taken by Arkady Lebedev, Nashe Vremya correspondent, on May 9th, 2014, you will see the event full of sincere sorrow.
Photo credit: Arkady Lebedev/Nashe Vremya Newspaper.
Translations of the Russian phrases in banners:
МЫ ПОМНИМ — We remember.
НИКТО НЕ ЗАБЫТ, НИЧТО НЕ ЗАБЫТО — Nobody is forgotten, nothing is forgotten.
A day before, May 8th, 2014, young people honored the solders by memorial candles. Photo credit: Matrena Kashkina. See the full photo reportage on Matrena Kashkina’s blog.
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