On May 6, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba awarded the “Akhdz-Apsha” Orders, Third Class, to the veterans of the Great Patriotic War Aleksey Shonia, Ilya Achba and Lavrentiy Beradze.
The President greeted the veterans and congratulated them on the approaching Victory Day of the Great Patriotic War.
“I am happy to see you. I would like to congratulate you on the upcoming holiday – Victory Day. I do not doubt that for each one of us, it is a celebration that brought a lot into our lives. You are those who went through that horrible war. You left to fight when you were still young boys. Your heroism was also an example to our young men to defend their Homeland. I am proud to know you, proud that some of you I have known for many years. I know not only about your heroic deeds that allowed us to live and develop, but also about your efforts in military work. I hope that for many years still, you will continue to share your experience with the young generation. Thank you for everything you did and for what, I am certain, you will do to help bringing up young people”, - said the President.
Aleksey Shonia wished the Head of State successes in the task of governing the republic and also prosperity to the entire state. Ilya Achba remarked that he is happy to be present at the meeting and he thanked the President for the attention. Lavrentiy Beradze expressed gratitude to the President and also to the Cabinet of Ministers, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Abkhazia, the leadership of the Abkhazian Union of Veterans of the Second World War and the Head of the Administration of the Gal District of the republic for the high appreciation of his contribution to the defence of the Homeland.
Veterans of the Great Patriotic War Aleksey Shonia, Ilya Achba and Lavrentiy Beradze were awarded the “Akhdz-Apsha” Orders, Third Class, for many years of productive labour and active social work.