MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
On September 24, the Trans-Baikal Territory annually celebrates the “Day of Remembrance of those killed in the performance of military and service duty.” This year, a series of events in Chita was opened by a rally in the park of the House of Officers of the Trans-Baikal Territory, in which servicemen of the combined arms army of the Eastern Military District (VVO), in particular, officers of the army headquarters, musicians of the military band of the Chita garrison, servicemen of the company of the guard of honor, and Yunarmeytsy detachment “Patriots of Transbaikalia” of the regional branch of the youthful patriotic movement.
Also, the rally was attended by representatives of regional and city authorities, military personnel, employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Guard, veterans of military service of different years, family members of military personnel.
As part of the event, a memorial service was held with the participation of representatives of the clergy. Deputy Prime Minister of the Territory – Lieutenant General of the Reserve Andrei Gurulev, Deputy Head of the Military-Political Department of the Combined Arms Army of the VVO – Colonel Vladimir Gusev, as well as veterans of military operations and military service made a memorable speech to the audience.
Later, a minute of silence was announced in memory of the victims, a ceremony of laying flowers and commemorative wreaths at the stele “Soldiers-Internationalists” took place.
“The Day of Remembrance of the Transbaikal People Who Died in the Performance of Military and Service Duty” was established in the region by the law of the Trans-Baikal Territory in 2016. The date of September 24 was not chosen by chance. On this day in 1984, in Afghanistan, protecting his comrades, a native of Chita, junior sergeant Sergei Tokmakov, died, exactly 26 years later, on September 24, 2010, a native of the village of Aginskoye, sailor of the Pacific Fleet, Aldar Tsydenzhapov, performed his feat.
In total, more than four thousand Transbaikal residents took part in hostilities and local wars, 818 people in Afghanistan.
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