Kazakhstan celebrates Victory Day
ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Today, May 9, Kazakhstan celebrates Victory Day in the World War II, Kazinform correspondent reports.
This day traditionally begins with laying of flowers at the Eternal Flame and a tribute to those killed in the War.
A tent camp will be arranged next to the Student Park in Astana. There will be 11 army tents with festive tables for veterans and workers of the War. The celebrations of the Victory Day will continue with a concert in the park and the city square to be given by famous artists of Kazakhstan, who will perform wartime songs. Similar events will be held in other cities of the country.
Traditionally on this day in Astana and other cities of Kazakhstan, there will be Immortal Regiment March, a procession of grateful descendants. In Astana, the procession from Qazaq Eli Monument along Tuelsizdik Avenue will begin at 12.30 p.m.
Every year, Astana Opera hosts a concert in honor of the Victory Day. The prominent soloists of the opera company, symphony orchestra, and Astana Opera Choir will perform at Pesnyami Slavim Pobedu ("Glorifying Victory with Songs") concert.
In the lead-up to the Victory Day celebrations, local executive authorities implement measures to support veterans and honor them.
Around 1 million 800 thousand Kazakhstanis fought in the War. For the military achievements, hundreds of thousands of our compatriots were awarded orders and medals, about 500 people became Heroes of the Soviet Union, and 110 Kazakhstanis were awarded the Order of Glory.
630,000 (!) people from Kazakhstan were killed in battles, died of wounds and diseases, missed in action or didn't returned from captivity. Kazakhstan made an invaluable contribution to providing the Soviet Army with everything necessary to defeat the enemy.
Victory Day in Kazakhstan is an official holiday.