75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Belgrade in World War II marked
The liberation of Belgrade in World War II was marked today by a series of events in Belgrade, in which members of the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces participated.
At noon, the “Victory of Freedom” memorial defile began; starting from the Moscow Hotel on Terazije to the Albania Palace, the defile was headed by thirty cadets of the Military Academy who carried replicas of the flags of the Brigades that participated in the liberation of Belgrade and followed by the descendants of those who gave their lives for the liberation of Belgrade 75 years ago.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Defense, Aleksandar Živković, representatives of the City of Belgrade, SUBNOR (Association of National Liberation War Veterans of Serbia), as well as many citizens participated in the memorial defile.
During the memorial defile, a radio drama “Free Belgrade”, produced by Milovan Vitezović and directed by Vladimir Putnik was broadcast from a loudspeaker attached to a vehicle of the Serbian Armed Forces. This is a reconstruction of events and circumstances surrounding the liberation of the capital of Serbia reported about by radio stations Moscow and London, as well as Radio Belgrade.
For the sixth year in a row, the City of Belgrade has been organizing a memorial defile entitled “March of the Victors”, remembering all those who gave their lives for the liberation of Belgrade in World War II.
Following the memorial defile, at the Republic Square, in the continuation of the event, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Serbia and the Supreme Commander of the Serbian Armed Forces, Aleksandar Vučić, on the occasion of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade in World War II, the Ensemble of Songs and Games of the Russian Armed Forces “Aleksandrov” performed a concert at the Republic Square.
The open air concert was attended by State Secretary at the Ministry of Defense, Aleksandar Živković, representatives of the Ministry of Defense, participants of the memorial defile and numerous citizens and visitors to the capital of Serbia.
In the rich artistic program, under the conductor baton of the Artistic Director of the Ensemble, Colonel Gennadiy Sachenyuk and other conductors, the musical compositions sounding distinctive Russian tunes were performed by soloists and choir, dance and ballet artists from the ensemble.
The biggest applause from the audience in the Square of the capital was given to the “Калинка” (“Kaljinka”), “Очи чёрные” (“Dark eyes”), as well as “Tamo daleko” (“Far away”) performed by the members of the Russian military ensemble at the end of today’s concert.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade in World War II, a delegation from the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces laid a wreath today at the Belgrade Cemetery of Liberators and the Red Army Monument.
State ceremony was headed by Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs, Zoran Đorđević.
Representatives of the City of Belgrade, SUBNOR of Serbia, as well as representatives of the Embassies of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan in Serbia, also laid wreaths, while the national anthems were intonated.
In continuation of the program to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade in World War II, a delegation of the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces laid a wreath at the Monument to the killed Soviet pilots at Avala.
After several days of fierce combat, members of the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia, supported by the Red Army, liberated the capital of Yugoslavia on 20 October 1944, thus ending the 1.287-day German occupation of the city, during which a large number of citizens of Belgrade died, while the city suffered extensive devastation.