Aleksandr Lukashenko lays wreath at Victory monument in Minsk

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Victory Monument in Minsk on the Independence Day on 3 July. Participating in the ceremony were the country’s top-ranking officials, heads of government bodies, representatives of public organizations and the clergy and also veterans and diplomats. They also laid flowers and wreaths at the monument.

A minute of silence was observed in tribute to the memory of the war victims.

After the national anthem the Guards of Honor of the Military Commandant's Office of the Armed Forces marched past.

Aleksandr Lukashenko talked to the heads of the diplomatic missions, and warmly greeted the veterans of the Great Patriotic War. "You do remember our contract, do you? You agreed that you would do your best to live as long as you could. We really need you," he said when speaking with the veterans. He wished them health and happiness and thanked for their support.