The Victory Museum at the Poklonnaya Hill hosted the annual Victors' Gala. This year it celebrated the complete lifting of the siege of Leningrad. It was organized by the Victory Museum, the Maris Liepa Charity Foundation, and the United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow).
Over 400 attendees from Russia, the 14 CIS and Baltic states gathered at the Victory Museum to honor the memories of war heroes, share stories, and see former comrades in arms. Victors' Gala attendees included veterans of Word War II and local conflicts, members of the civilian war effort, representatives of the patriotic paramilitary youth movement, and secondary school students.
The Gala entertainment program included Russian Federation People's Artist Lev Leschenko, Russia's artist emeritus Alexander Gorodnitsky, laureate of the UNESCO Golden Nightingale Award Dmitri Solovyev, choires, children's performing troupes. The concert was hosted by Russia's People's Artist Andris Liepa and actress and TV host Ekaterina Strizhenova.
Greetings to Gala attendees were sent by Russian Federation presidential chief of staff Anton Vaino, Chair of the Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civil Society Mikhail Fedotov, Russia's Education Minister Olga Vassilyeva, First Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Sergey Tsyb, and others.
During the celebration, guests were given gifts made by secondary school students. Prior to the Gala, demonstration lessons had been held in some two dozen schools in areas that house OMK facilities, at which children had shared stories about their hero forefathers and made mementos and gifts for the veterans.
"Support for the Gala is our contribution to preserving history and a token of our gratitude and respect for those heroes that defended this country. I would very much like millions of people to keep in their hearts the memory of the nation that won the war and the importance of this victory for the entire world", noted OMK Governance Board Chair Natalya Eremina.