On June 19, on the eve of the Day of Remembrance and Mourning, representatives of the motorcycle club of firefighters and rescuers Fiery Hearts went to Brest to honor the memory of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. On June 22, 80 years since the beginning of the war is marked.
Following the route Moscow - Bryansk - Brest - Khatyn - Minsk - Moscow, motorcyclists firefighters plan to lay flowers at the memorials of the Great Patriotic War. Also, Russian rescuers and firefighters will present memorable gifts to colleagues from the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, take part in historical and patriotic events and, of course, meet with veterans.
In Bryansk, motorcyclists will visit the Mound of Immortality and the Partizan Square. In the hero-city of Brest, which was the first to take the blow of the Nazi invaders in 1941, the fire-fighting bikers will arrive on June 20. There they will visit the heroic fortress and the "Thirst" monument. In the village of Khatyn they will meet with veterans. Cultural and patriotic events are planned in Minsk, where employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus are waiting for the Moscow firefighters, then the consolidated column will go to the central square of the Belarusian capital - Independence Square.
Seeing off the biker-firefighters on their way, State Secretary - Deputy Minister of EMERCOM of Russia Alexey Serko said: “As the wisdom says, people who have forgotten their history have no future. We must preserve the memory of the terrible war and bequeath it to our descendants to remember it. So that it never happens again. The motocross of firefighters and rescuers, which is starting today, is a noble cause. It is especially valuable that the desire to do it comes personally from you, at the behest of your warm hearts. On behalf of the Minister of Emergency Situations Evgeniy Zinichev and on my own behalf, I convey to you the wishes of a good journey. We will continue to support you in matters aimed at perpetuating the memory of the defenders of our Motherland. Bon Voyage!"
The deputy minister conveyed to the participants of the motocross the message of Pyotr Kotelnikovo, which was drawn up by the veteran during his lifetime. The message will be conveyed by the participants of the motorcycle club to the memorial complex "Brest Fortress-Hero".
The guests of honor of the event were the widow and son of the defender of the Brest Fortress, Peter Kotelnikov, who passed away this spring.
The column will return to Moscow on June 23rd.