OPENING OF MONUMENT OF RUSSIAN SOLDIERS IN GELIBOLU
The ceremonial unveiling of a commemorative monument in memory of Russian soldiers died and buried in 1920-s was held in Gelibolu on May 17. The monument in Gelibolu was restored with the assistance of St.Andrew’s Fund – the Center of National
Glory of Russia, and supported by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian diplomatic missions in Turkey in cooperation with the Turkish authorities.
The Russian delegation headed by the Chairmen of the Trustee Council of the Center of National Glory V.I.Yakunin took part in the ceremony. The artists, writers, historians, descendents of Gelibolu settlement arrived to pay homage to memory of
Russian officers and soldiers. The musical accompaniment was arranged by the orchestra of the Moscow military-musical school and the Turkish military orchestra of Mehter.
The Chairmen of the Trustee Council of the Center of National Glory V.I.Yakunin marked the symbolism of the White Army monument’s opening in the first anniversary of the reunion of the Russian Orthodox Church. He said this monument is a time
machine restoring the connection with the past and an instrument for healing wounds of the country, inflicted by the hardships.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Turkey V.I.Ivanovskiy underlined the monument’s opening is a tribute in memory of our fellow countrymen, died in the difficult times of the Russian
history of the XX century. He highlighted the efforts of the Russian diplomats and the Center of National Glory in the monument’s restoration.
The Turkish representatives – the first deputy Minister of culture and tourism, the governor of Canakkale, the mayor of Gelibolu – said that the opening of the monument reinforces the tight and friendly relations between Russia and Turkey.
In conclusion of the ceremony the Bishop of Geneva and Western Europe Mikhail and the Bishop of George Mark served the service for the dead.
May 19, 2008