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77th Anniversary of the End of World War II

By Natalia Kochiashvili
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
May 9 marks the day when the Soviet Union celebrated victory over fascism. On May 8, 1945, after the declaration of capitulation by Germany, World War II ended. May 9 was declared the day of victory over fascism.

War veterans traditionally mark the Victory Day by visiting the grave of an unknown soldier in Vake Park in Tbilisi, but this year, like last year, due to the rehabilitation work in Vake Park, people honored the memory of World War II victims at Veterans Culture and Recreation Park (Kikvidze).

Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili, together with the members of the Cabinet of Ministers paid tribute to the memory of those killed in World War II. The head of government laid a wreath at the bust of Meliton Kantaria, congratulated World War II veterans on the 77th anniversary of their victory over fascism, and thanked them.

“As you know, Georgians have greatly contributed to winning this war. Once again, I want to pay tribute to our heroes who sacrificed themselves for a better future of the world, and it is a great merit of us, the Georgians, to win this war. I want to congratulate you on May 9 and wish you all victory and peace.”

By the decree of the Government of Georgia, veterans of the Second World War received GEL1000, the families of the victims of this war received GEL 500.

“One-time financial assistance for the participants of World War II and the families of the victims of World War II is provided by the Social Service Agency of the Ministry of Refugees, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of the Occupied Territories of Georgia, and for those registered in Tbilisi - the Capital City Hall,” the PM announced.

Currently, 173 people, who participated in World War II reside in Georgia, the oldest of them is 103 years old. The Prime Minister visited one of them at home. He congratulated the war veteran, 100-year-old Ioseb Tukhashvili, on the 77th anniversary of ‘his victory over fascism’ and handed over gifts on the date.

Recall that Europe marks the Victory in Europe Day on 8 May. It's the annual recognition of the end of the Second World War, one of the darkest periods Europe has ever seen. This day is on the 8th to coincide with the anniversary of Germany signing an act of military surrender.