Thousands of people gathered in Yekaterinburg to celebrate Heroes of the Fatherland Day on Monday.
The event -- themed “We are Proud of You” -- was regarded as highly significant and important by First Vice-Premier of the Sverdlovsk Vladimir Vlasov.
“The whole history of the Urals is connected with the heroic feats and serious initiatives of our fellow countryman, with labor and military traditions,” he said. “(The Urals have) raised a lot of people who are famous for their dedication in the name of the Fatherland… . We are proud of our heroes, who glorified Russia.”
The day meant more to the youth of the region than military heroes of days past, Nikolai Canary, a World War II veteran, said.
“Heroes’ Day is needed to ensure that our young people take an example from those of Urals decent, so they can see firsthand those who defended our country in World War II,” Canary said.
More than 100 volunteers helped plan the celebration’s events, which included games, interactive displays and photo zones.
“(The) help the volunteers give is very important for both veterans and society as a whole,” Gulnaz Ibrayeva, head of the Center of Patriotic Education at the Sverdlovsk regional pedagogical college, said. “Volunteers do their job, not because they were forced or paid, but with a pure heart and on their own. And veterans are touched by this attitude.”