May 8 - Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. Today Mariupol honors those who heroically defended our peaceful life. Mayor Vadym Boichenko, his deputies, servicemen and police officers laid symbolic poppies at the monument to the Victims of Fascism.
76 years have passed, but it is still important to remember those terrible events. In those years, even the inequality of forces did not frighten our grandfathers. Character and courage helped them accomplish a great feat. After the victory, they again accepted the challenge - rebuilt the city. Our grandparents are a symbol of perseverance and love for the homeland. Veterans are an example for us and our children,’ Vadym Boichenko emphasized.
It is important to note that red poppies are a symbol of remembrance of the dead. On May 8, 1945, the Act of Military Capitulation of Germany entered into force. On this occasion, many cities in Europe and the United States held crowded festivities. On May 9, the "Act of Unconditional Surrender of Germany" entered into force. The UN General Assembly proposes to celebrate one or both of these days - May 8 and 9. In Ukraine, the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation was established in accordance with the Law of Ukraine "On Perpetuating the Victory over Nazism in the Second World War of 1939-1945."