Conferment of awards For Spiritual Revival, special awards of the Belarus President

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On 9 January President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko took part in the ceremony to present awards of the President of the Republic of Belarus For Spiritual Revival, special prizes for the workers of culture and art, the Belarusian Sport Olympus awards.

Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that the ceremony to present awards For Spiritual Revival is timed to the celebration of Christmas. “Commitment to Christian values, moral and esthetic traditions is one of the main factors in the development of the Belarusian nation, preservation of its unity,” the President said.

“The events in the neighboring countries show what the disregard of these values may lead to. The storm of international and interfaith conflicts, terrorist threats has hit the whole world today,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the unity and integrity of the nation come to the forefront in these conditions. “The New Testament reads: “Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house.” The history shows that only peace and accord can be the solid foundation of wellbeing of every country. We will use this foundation to build our state,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked: “The Belarusian nation has always strived towards a creative life based on diligence, justice, and mutual aid. Therefore, since times immemorial, we have respected people, who labor for the sake of upholding these fundamental moral principles. We award those, who have dedicated their lives to delivering mercy and aid to others.” Awards For Spiritual Revival went to the staff of the National Care Home for War and Labor Veterans and the learning and practice workshops of the parish of the church of the Icon of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow”.

The President stressed that enabling conditions for the self-realization of young citizens, who are ready to use their strength and skills for the benefit of the native country, was one of the key goals of the Belarusian state. “On this solemn day we pay a tribute of respect to the people, who work every day for the sake of reaching this goal. The high awards go to the national children recreation and education center Zubrenok and the BRSM Youth Union,” the head of state said.

The year 2015 is the year of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded. “Everything possible is being done in Belarus to preserve the memory of it. We take good care of the historical truth and try to extract priceless lessons from it. Thanks to the labor and talents of cultural workers the new premises of the Great Patriotic War History Museum were commissioned last year and a new exposition in the Brest Hero Fortress Memorial was created. Today we give praise to these collectives as well,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.

Belarus is eager to use global experience. “But when studying the culture of other nations it is important not to be dissolved in it, not to lose our face. We award those who create modern works in various genres relying on our creative legacy, worldview and traditions,” the head of state said.

The award ceremony also mentioned those, who raise future champions. “We would like healthy lifestyle, love of sports and active recreation to become a good tradition among people of various ages. And certainly our country should rejoice at the vivid triumphs of Belarusian professional athletes, whose lives are inseparable from top-effort sport,” stressed the head of state. Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that Belarus has been one of the respected sport powers for a long time. The head of state remarked that the year 2014 saw many vivid and memorable sport events. “For the first time in the history of sovereign Belarus we have hosted a world championship. Our athletes also did a good job at the Winter Olympics in Sochi,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.

The President stressed that the presentation of the awards For Spiritual Revival, special awards for cultural workers and art workers, and Belarusian Sport Olympus awards confirmed the old truth that good deeds are always rewarded. The head of state thanked the awardees for their setting an example of service to the community and genuine love of their country.