Hundreds of residents of Salekhard paid tribute to heroic deeds of hundreds of their countrymen
16:34 9 мая 2019
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The solemn meeting “Motherland calls!” dedicated to the 74th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War took place in Salekhard on the 9th of May. A veteran, a participant of the operation “Bagration” Nikolay Shakurov, who will be 93 years old in a week, welcomed his countrymen, veterans, home front workers, prisoners of camps.
The meeting was opened by the governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Dmitry Artyukhov: “Dear countrymen, veterans! I heartily congratulate you on the 74th anniversary of the Great Victory! This holiday unites all generations of Russians and serves as a real example of patriotism, fortitude and courage. Truly there is no family in our country, which would not be affected by this terrible war. Every fifth resident of Yamal went to the battlefront and every fourth of them did not return. Meanwhile, thousands of women, children and elder people here in Yamal worked for the battlefront, making contribution to the Great Victory. Dear veterans, I express the deepest gratitude for contribution you had made, in order the blue sky would be now above us. Thank you for being an example of true patriotism, for giving us, the young, an example to follow, true attitude to the Motherland. We shall do everything to ensure that the pages of the terrible war and the Great Victory will be never forgotten in the memory of Russian people. Let there always be such blue sky, let there always be happiness and prosperity in your homes. My congratulations on the Victory Day!”.
Also the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Yamal Sergey Yamkin, Archbishop of Salekhard and Noviy Urengoy Nikolay, the head of the administration of Salekhard Ivan Kononenko congratulated the participants of the meeting.
Congratulations were changed with military songs and poems, theatrical performances, historical information about the role of Yamal in the Great Patriotic War.
Thus, on the 23rd of June of 1941 more than 4 thousand people gathered on the square near the House of Nenets people. They spoke angrily about the predatory attack of Hitler’s troops on our country. Each of the people being present was ready immediately to go to defend the Motherland with weapons in their hands. Hundreds of indigenous northerners went to the battlefront.
Hundreds of tonnes of fish and meat from Yamal were brought to the battlefront; indigenous people of Yamal gave about 600 their own reindeer. Fish production in Yamal during the war made 710 thousand centners. And this is with consideration of the fact that the whole men combat-ready population was at the battlefront. Pupils of Salekhard secondary school №1 worked on the fishing area during 12-14 hours per day, 1.5-2 times exceeding the norm. The pupils sent the earned money — 2 thousand rubles — for building of the air squadron “Yamalskiy Komsomolets”.
Home front workers showed exclusive care of front-line soldiers. Parcels from the region to soldiers were going in the uninterrupted stream. In total, 3340 parcels were sent to soldiers during the war. In addition, more than 100 thousand pelts and hides, furs, felted boots, half-coats, wool socks, fur products, blankets and other things were sent to the Fund of defense. Residents of the region contributed to the Fund with money and bonds on 29 million rubles. Hundreds of women, having finished the working day on an enterprise, went to the pier to unload barges. Strength and courage shown by residents of Yamal during the war deserve glory.
The meeting was completed with the song “Victory Day”, the lyrics of which are known to every citizen of the country.