More than 40 years ago, a national poet of Dagestan Rasul Gamzatov wrote a poem called “Cranes” dedicated to the fallen soldiers. Later, it has become a symbol of gratitude and respect to those who did not return from the battlefield, defending their homeland during the Great Patriotic War. In 2009, UNESCO declared the White Cranes Day an international observance in memory of the soldiers who gave their lives in the name of freedom.
Since then, every year on October 22 this day is celebrated in many countries, people express appreciation to the fallen soldiers for their heroism, courage and bravery. Many literary events take place on this day, where, like Rasul Gamzatov, poets and writers read poetry dedicated to war, remember brave warriors and honour their feats.
For the Donetsk People’s Republic, this memorable date is of particular importance. In 2014, like our grandfathers and great-grandfathers in 1941-1945, the residents of Donbass defended the Motherland for our freedom.
On the White Cranes Day in the Donetsk People’s Republic, there are many events dedicated to the memory of those who fell during the Great Patriotic War and during the fighting in the territory of Donbass, which continues till now. White Crane Day is a symbol of memory, respect and gratitude to glorious warriors. Each fallen soldier is a hero of his country worthy to be an example for the young generation. Our countrymen still take up arms and defend the Fatherland so that we and our children could live in peace and prosperity.