Solemn meeting on occasion of Belarus’ Independence Day
Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech at the solemn meeting on the occasion of Belarus’ Independence Day, 2 July 2018
Independence Day has become
the symbol of a free and peaceful life, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko
said in his speech at the solemn meeting on
occasion of Belarus’ Independence Day on 2 July.
“We are celebrating
Independence Day, the day that has become the symbol of our free and peaceful
life. Belarusians were unanimous in their choice when over 20 years ago they
chose 3 July, the day of the liberation of Minsk Hero City from the Nazis, as
the country’s main national holiday,” the head of state said.
During the Great Patriotic
War, in 1944, the battle to liberate the capital of Belarus turned decisive in
the fate of the country’s people, Alexander Lukashenko said.
“The history of statehood
is related to the Soviet period. Almost a century ago, with the birth of the
BSSR, Belarus first acquired a legitimate political and legal status,” the
Belarusian leader said.
He noted that then the
country had its national symbols, institutions of higher education. “The voice
of the native language became more pronounced. The world maps marked the first
territorial boundaries of the Belarusian republic that were nearly razed during
Hitler's invasion,” the President said.
Speaking about the events
of the Great Patriotic War, the president stressed that the Belarusian people,
in unity with other peoples, managed not only to survive but to win and show an
example of the great power of the unity and cohesion of nations. “They
performed the Great Feat and continued to perform it throughout the difficult
postwar period. Belarus was restored from ruins and ashes by people from all
over the Soviet Union who came to live and work here. Many of them started
families here, built houses and found a second homeland. They put down roots of
a new postwar generation,” the head of state said.
“All this has truly bound
our people with the nations of the Soviet Union. This is why ‘friendly
nations’ are not mere words or a metaphor for the Belarusians. This Slavic
unity will never be broken or defeated by anyone!” Alexander Lukashenko said.
“Keeping the Belarusian
land beautiful and free is a holy duty we owe to the generations who gave us
peace and freedom and is our primary obligation to children and grandchildren.
I am convinced that our inner spiritual potential is enormous. It helped the
Belarusians in modern history too when we got the opportunity to establish an
independent state without wars and bloodshed,” the Belarusian leader noted.
recalled that the people of Belarus have managed to improve the economy after
the decline of the perestroika period, to go through the world's crises, become
stronger and make sure that choosing honesty, justice, equal rights and
opportunities as the main principles of the Belarusian state was right. “Our
history once again showed that there are no former winners. We just need to
remember this and believe in ourselves. Our independence is first and foremost
in the mind of everyone,” the Belarusian leader underlined.