23 February 2012 г. в 08:34
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated Belarusians on the Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, which is celebrated in the country on February 23. Head of State says in his congratulatory message that the Belarusian authorities have always supported and will "support their defenders, providing peace and tranquillity in our common home."
The Administration of the President notes that Alexander Lukashenko believes the protection of the Motherland is the most sacred duty of the citizens. According to him, today's defenders of the fatherland remain true to the traditions inherited from the older generations - the winners of the Great Patriotic War.
"Warriors-liberators won an unfading glory in the Great Patriotic War. They wrote in golden pages of our Motherland history by their heroism, courage, patriotism, willingness to sacrifice for the sake of peace, freedom and happiness of people," said the President in his message.
Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that today the state borders are well protected, and the Belarusian people have a guaranteed right to a future in accordance with their historical choice.
"Devotion to the interests of the country, high moral and professional qualities and professionalism of the soldiers of the Armed Forces have confirmed their willingness to serve their homeland properly," said the President and wished good health, optimism, and "success in military work for the benefit of the Belarusian people" to the Belarusian soldiers and veterans of the Armed Forces.
Fatherland Defender's Day was established in the USSR in 1922 as the Day of the Red Army and Navy. From 1949 to 1993 it was called "The Day of the Soviet Army and Navy." After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the holiday is celebrated in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Transnistria. It is positioned and perceived informally as the "day of all men."
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