On May 9, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba had a meeting with the veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
The Head of State thanked the veterans and congratulated them on Victory Day.
Allow me to congratulate you on this sacred celebration – Victory Day of the Great Patriotic War!
The feat of many thousands of defenders of the Homeland brought liberation not only to the Homeland, but to the entire humanity. The selflessness of fighters and also of the workers of the home front saved the world from the horrors of Nazism.
Fifty-five thousand sons and daughters of Abkhazia left to fight in the battlefields. They became examples of courage, honour and dedication to their Homeland for all future generations.
It is a great happiness for us today to have you here with us. You are the main heroes of this celebration. You went through all the hardships of the war and you went through all the difficulties of peaceful life with dignity.
More than anything else, we would want you to be with us for as many years to come as possible, so that young people would have a chance to see you – participants in the great historical events.
We express a huge gratitude for your fearlessness and selflessness, for the fact that you have given the future generations an opportunity to live and develop!
Thank you! Happy Victory Day!
On behalf of the veterans, Knight of the Order of the Patriotic War of the First and Second Class, the Order of the Red Star, recipient of the medal "For Courage", as well as the holder of the "Akhdz-Apsha" Order, Third Class, Ilya Achba expressed gratitude to the Head of State.
Ilya Achba remarked that should the need for the help of the veterans arise, they are ready to help their country.