Day of Memory and Honor (9th of May - Victory Day) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
In Uzbekistan on May 9, celebrations are held devoted to the Day of Memory and Honor. On this day, people pay the tribute to those who defended the freedom and independence of the people and the country on the battlefields of WWII.
In all cities of Uzbekistan, people come to solemn events being arranged near monuments and memorials. Among them, the most prominent one is the monument of the Sorrowful Mother. This monument symbolizes the grief and suffering of mothers and the whole nation, whose sons died in the struggle for freedom. The essence of the holiday is that we, the people who are living now, should pay the debt to the memory of the fallen, as we are proud of their feats and remember the terrible tragedies and hardships that our people had to go through in the past.
Uzbekistan made a huge contribution to the victory over the Nazis. More than 450,000 Uzbek people died in the battles. In Tashkent, at the so-called "Brother Graves" complex, families with children come to lay flowers to the monuments to participants of the War, natives of Uzbekistan, many of whom were awarded the high title of Hero. The government and people of Uzbekistan pay great respect and attention to such monuments: at the complex, there is perfect order, solemn atmosphere and calmness.
By tradition, on the day of May 9, special attention and reverence is shown to veterans. Since there are very few remaining veterans of the Great Patriotic War, their place is gradually taken by veterans of later times, for example, Afghan war soldiers or respected veterans of the armed forces. The workers of rear areas are equally respected, because during the war it was Tashkent that received a huge number of refugees from all around the country to whom Uzbek people provided all the necessary assistance. Veterans participate in concerts, solemn meals and festivities; they are being interviewed and share their memories with the younger generation.
A special attention is paid to the involvement of schoolchildren and young people. The holiday events are visited by whole school grades, with flowers and ribbons on the chest made in the colors of the national flag. This same ribbon can be seen everywhere in the city - in cars, public transport, on the chest of people and even small children. The city itself is decorated with colorful flags and banners.